By Heidi Trautmann
Uproarious applause from the full house at the Rauf
Denktaş Hall at the Türk Maarif College greeted the director of the Nicosia
Music Association Mr Aydin Hikmet, who is known and loved for his enormous
musical body language, and the orchestra in full strength. In the circle of the
spotlight the 19 ladies of the chorus sparkled in their beautiful evening dresses,
so one had to force the due attention to the 9 male voices next to them. In the
front row the12 musicians were seated with two violins (Çağin Zort and Gökhan
Koşer), one viola (Meyrem Yildiz), one clarinet (Hasan Akar), one trumpet
(Ilkay Idris), one Yan flute (Türkan Aksoy), one Kanun (Zafer Osmanlıoğlu), one
Nevud (Ersin Tünay), one Ud (Hasan Daniş) and for the rhythm three musicians (Erdal
Ilican, Oğuzhan Şüküroğlu, Salahi Başaran) were responsible.
All songs were announced by a young lady also reciting
the refrain so the audience could join in which they did in any case. I had
brought a German friend and neighbour from Hamburg with me who had never
experienced a concert of this kind before and she was delighted to see such
Seven vocalists stepped forward from the circle of the
choir and sang soli, three male and four female strong and beautiful voices who
received enthusiastic applause by the audience.
But also the instrumentalists all had their soli and
were equally stormily thanked. I found it very good.
We all know most of the instruments mentioned except
the Kanun, Nevud and Oud some of us might not be familiar with.
A Nevud is guitar-shaped a new design of an Oud, but
offering several additional comforts to the player.
The Kanun is the oriental version of our Zither.
And the Oud is a relative of the lute and a forerunner
of the guitar.
“Nazar Değmesin – May bad luck not touch you”, the
title of the concert evening was a good wish to all guests who received a pin
to attach to be protected from all evil. Thank you very much, may it last