Cross Cultural Experience On March 23, 2009, I was asked by a couple of friends of mine to attend a classical music concert at Columbia University. I had never been to a classical music concert or never much listened to this genre of music at all, other than the orchestral music played in movies or commercials. My only impression of this music was complicated, old and boring. However, I was wrong. The concert was presented by the Syrian Arab American Associated, so I figured the music would have an Arab touch to it. Originating from the Muslim mystics, this genre of music known as the “Sufi classical music” is practiced as a mean to achieve divine ecstasy and unity with God. This music consisted mainly of instruments, dance, trance and recitations. The concert began with a rich bass voice joined first by the chorus and then by the instruments. All of a sudden, two dancers came forward dressed in white long skirts like garments and tall red caps. The dancers began to spin......
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