Münir Beken: Discovering the Soul of Turkish Music

Discovering the Soul of Turkish Music

La Jolla Community Center
Friday, June 14, 2024  |  7:30 PM

Step into the world of Turkish classical music and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient land. Accomplished composer, performer, and scholar Münir Beken will take you on a musical journey through the unique sounds of the Turkish ud.


General Seating: $35
VIP Seating: $50

Please purchase tickets online. These performances sell out well in advance. Tickets are transferrable but non-refundable.

Münir Beken
Dr. Münir Nurettin Beken is an invaluable contributor to both the performance and scholarship of music. Hailing from Turkey, Beken’s mastery of the ud, a traditional Turkish instrument, reflects his commitment to preserving and sharing his homeland’s rich musical heritage. 

His career spans theory, composition, ethnomusicology, and performance. As a composer, he has written a state-commissioned ballet suite for orchestra, won awards for film music, and scored television documentaries both domestically and internationally. 

As an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Beken’s scholarly work focuses on modal theory; he is also conducting research on musical globalization and the phenomenology of music.

He has published in Ethnomusicology, a premier journal in the field, and contributed to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He was also one of the founding members of the State Turkish Music Ensemble.

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This is the third and final concert of the series Mesmerizing Melodies from Three Ancient Lands. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter for more information about upcoming concerts.


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