Istanbul Music Festival counting down to world premiere opening

Istanbul will host the world premiere of a new work by contemporary Turkish composer Hasan Niyazi Tura this weekend, marking both the opening of this yearand’s hotly anticipated 43rd Istanbul International Music Festival and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I.
The 2015 festival, running from May 31 through June 29, will feature two world premieres and three Turkish premieres in total, and four of these debuts will take place during the festivaland’s first week.
The May 31 world premiere of Turaand’s symphonic poem and”iehidin Tandurkandusanduand” (Song of a Martyr), commissioned by the festival, will be performed by the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra (BiFO) and tenor Serkan Bodur at the opening gala, set to begin at 8 p.m. at the Landutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center.
The second part of the concert will see young Turkish pianist Can andcakmur and BiFO, under the baton of maestro Sacha Goetzel, perform music by Shostakovich and Mussorgsky.
Before the concert, Professor Filiz Ali, a music educator, pianist, musicologist, critic and author, will be presented with the festivaland’s special honor to recognize her prolific career that spans over 50 years.
The ceremony and the concert will be streamed online via the websites muzik.iksv.orgtr and vodafone.com.trred, which is the festivaland’s communication sponsor.
The first Turkish premiere on the program is and”March of the Blue Butterflies,and” Berlin-based Turkish composer Tayfun Erdemand’s nine-minute work, to be performed on the second day of the festival. The concert at the Aya irini Museum will feature a performance by the critically acclaimed ensemble The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, which had also performed the world premiere of Erdemand’s work in October 2013 in the German capital.
The programand’s third night will see famous Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, a frequent performer at the Istanbul Music Festival, and his chamber orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, present a program titled and”Seasons,and” which will feature not one but two Turkish premieres — renowned minimalist composer Philip Glassand’ Violin Concerto, No. 2, and”The American Four Seasonsand” and 20th-century composer Mieczysiaw Weinbergand’s and”Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 145.and” That concert is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on June 2 at Landutfi Kirdar.
Under the theme and”Cultural Landscapes,and” the festivaland’s program will offer 27 concerts until June 29. Russian violinist Yuri Bashmet, pianist Boris Berezovsky, Armenian-born violist Kim Kashkashian, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and Turkeyand’s Fazil Say are among the performers.
For the full festival program, visit http:muzik.iksv.orgen.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman