June 12, 2011

Istanbul Music Festival up and Running

For the 39th year, the İstanbul Music Festival, a giant project of the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) every June, launched its schedule of 24 concerts in 23 days, in venues all over Istanbul.

The gala opening night was on June 4 in Aya İrini, with the Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sascha Goetzel, and featuring guest soloist, the young prizewinning pianist Lara Melda Ömeroğlu.

The opening night was also the occasion to bestow the organization’s Honorary Award to Muammer Sun, Turkey’s esteemed choral conductor, author and composer, whose colorful “İzmir Rhapsody” was first on the program. Upon receiving his award, Sun revealed to the audience: “Turkey’s musical life is indeed rich, but it’s a pity that art and culture is not a bigger part of daily life. The public’s consciousness is corrupted by less important subjects we see in the media.”

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