Armenian church to host classical music concert
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily NewsThe Surp Vortvots Vorodman Church in Istanbul’s Kumkapı district, which was recently reopened for worship after 100 years, will host a concert Jan. 22 as part of the “Bach Before and After” events.
The event, organized by the Hakan Erdoğan Production every two months, will feature Czech violinist Jiri Barta and pianist Stanislav Gallin.
Beethoven’s violoncello sonatas and Cezar Franck’s A major sonata will be performed by Barta and Gallin at the concert. The first concert of the event will take place Jan. 20 at the St. Antuan Church. Vortvots Vorodman (Children of Thunder) Church, which opened for worship Oct. 14, 1828, has not been used since World War I. The building was restored within the scope of projects initiated for Istanbul European Capital of Culture 2010. Turkish Customs and Trade Minister Hayati Yazıcı inaugurated Vortvots Vorodman Armenian Church Culture Center in Istanbul Dec. 28, 2011.