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Borusan unveils concert lineup for new season

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 9/29/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, or BIPO, kicks off the 2011–2012 season with a concert on Oct 13 at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. BIPO will perform under the baton of its conductor Sascha Goetzel

A vast array of local and international talent is set to appear in Istanbul in the forthcoming months as part of Borusan’s new concert season.

This year the opening concert of the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, or BIPO, will be held Oct. 13 at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center with a work by composers Berlioz, Lalo, Strauss and Schmitt and their compositions from the 19th century under the direction of Sascha Goetzel.

The new season programs for BIPO, the Borusan Culture and Arts Center, the Borusan Quartet and the Borusan Music House and Art Center Istanbul were all announced at a recent press conference Wednesday.

“We expect this year that BIPO, Borusan Quartet and Borusan Music House concerts will attract a large audience,” Borusan music director Ahmet Erenli said Wednesday at the press conference. “We will also organize two exhibitions that will gather together works by Istanbul Art Center artists.”

BIPO will also host famous artists throughout the season, such as jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, percussion artist Martin Grubinger, pianist Gülsin Onay and pianist Fazıl Say. Say’s new “Clarinet Concerto” will be performed by Sabine Meyer for the first time in Turkey. Erenli said pianist Daniil Trifonov, who has collected a number of awards at the Tchaikovsky competition, will perform “A Theme of Paganini” by Rachmaninoff this year.

BIPO will once again host young talents on stage in the 2011-2012 season, including Özgür Ünaldı, who will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20.

BIPO will continue to organize concerts for the commemoration of Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer, including Yekta Kata’s staging of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which will feature mezzo-soprano Nino Surguladze and tenor Viktor Afanesenko.

The philharmonic will also stage the operatic work “Midas’ Ears,” featuring theater actor Rutkay Aziz.

Noting that Borusan Quartet concerts will begin on Oct. 24, Erenli said viola player Ruşen Güneş would also be onstage.

The Borusan Quartet will be onstage at the Süreyya Opera stage, accompanied by Valentine Erben. The quartet will performe Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor and one of Schubert’s string quartets.

[HH]New Year concert to host Elena Fink

BIPO’s traditional New Year’s concerts already have a fan base in Istanbul and the orchestra will surely deliver what is expected, Erenli said. The first concert of 2012 will feature the famous coloratura soprano Elena Fink, who has been a favorite of critics since the beginning of her career.

Having trained and matured in German opera culture, Fink appeared in the most prestigious theaters of Europe and recorded many albums. Beloved by European audience because of her expertise in arias, Fink will take part in a program that comprises the Strauss family’s works.

[HH]Borusan Music House

 Speaking during the press conference, Borusan Music House director Yağız Zaimoğlu said the music house program would be colorful this season. The opening of the season will feature Mercan Dede, Ceza and Hüsnü Şenlendirici.

“Borusan Music House will be organizing ‘Modern Music Day’ for the first time,” Zaimoğlu said. “We will host musicians of the 21st century.”

There will be also classical concerts in Borusan Music House this year.

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