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Festival brings rich concert series

A piano marathon by İdil Biret

The festival will present music lovers with a piano marathon by the great virtuoso İdil Biret, who has left her mark on classical music as an interpreter since the second half of the 20th century and celebrating her 75th birthday this year. İdil Biret will meet the festival audience at Boğaziçi University Albert Long Hall on 2 June, the Süreyya Opera House on 5 June, and the Hagia Eirene Museum on 8 June, performing a marathon featuring a wide repertoire, ranging from the baroque period to 20th century music.

Total music theatre based on Yaşar Kemal’s novel The Sea-Crossed at the festival

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival will host one Turkey and two world premieres, one of which is commissioned specially by the festival. The world premiere of Michael Ellison’s total music theatre based on Yaşar Kemal’s 1978 novel, The Sea-Crossed Fisherman, will take place at the Istanbul Music Festival. Michael Ellison’s work, with Simon Jones’ libretto and stage direction, Zeynep Tanbay’s choreography, and NohLab’s video scenography, promises to be a complete musical and visual feast, depicting a dramatic, and at times surreal interaction between lyricism and idealism and the most basic human longings and darker truths. The Sea-Crossed Fisherman will have its world premiere in two sessions, as a matinee and soiree at the Süreyya Opera House on 11 June, following Cevat Çapan’s speech on Yaşar Kemal and his novel The Sea-Crossed Fisherman at 19:00, as part of the Pre-concert Talks.

A musical fairy tale for children at the festival: The Witch and the Maestro

This year, the 44th Istanbul Music Festival programme will also feature a special project for children. Written by British conductor Howard Griffiths and composed by Fabian Künzli, the musical fairy tale of the Witch and the Maestro presents classical music to children in an entertaining way. Along with the Brandenburg State Orchestra and the narration of Bergüzar Korel, who has received several Best Actress awards for her performances in film and television, the Witch and the Maestro will take place in two sessions at Uniq Hall Istanbul on 12 June.

Festival concerts across gardens

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival will hold concerts held at the Embassy of Germany Tarabya Summer Residence, the French Palace Garden and Boğaziçi University’s South Campus.

Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble, formed of leading performers of their generation, bandoneon player Christian Gerber, double bass player Rüdiger Ludwig, pianist Ulrike Payer, besides Isabelle van Keulen herself in 2011, will be performing Nuevo Tango. The style, created by Astor Piazzola, masterfully blends traditional tango melodies with classical music forms and elements of jazz. Nuevo Tango that brings a romantic air to the modern world of the 20th century, will open a door from the Embassy of Germany Tarabya Summer Residence’s grove leading to the streets of Argentina, on 16 June.

The Istanbul Music Festival starts a new series with the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra and takes classical music out under the moonlight. Held on a night lit by the full moon, amongst the greenery of Boğaziçi University, the soloists of Songs to the Full Moon, soprano Teona Dvali and tenor Andrej Dunaev will perform a selection ranging from Dvorák´s Aria to the Moon to Puccini’s tender O mio babbino caro, while the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a rendition of the Carmen Suites, under the baton of Uzbekistani maestro Aziz Shokhakimov.

The festival will commemorate the iconic voice of France, who interpreted some of the most beautiful love songs of the 20th century, Edith Piaf, with a special concert. One of the greatest accordionists of the modern era with a compositional range including classical music and jazz, Richard Galliano and unimpeachable jazz guitarist Sylvian Luc will be the festival’s guests, reinterpreting Piaf’s unforgettable chansons to honour the then centenary of the year of her birth. This special project from 2015 will be held at the French Palace Garden on 22 June.

The festival’s Guest Orchestra in Residence Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will perform two nights in a row

The 44th Istanbul Music Festival’s Guest Orchestra in Residence, Warsaw Philarharmonic Orchestra will meet the festival goers two nights in a row, at the İş Sanat Concert Hall on 17 and 18 June. Having completed close to 140 tours across five continents and won many awards including a Grammy for its discography of over 50 albums, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra’s first concert will feature the multi-Echo Klassik winner pianist Herbert Schuch. The concert will be host to the Turkey premiere of one of the most important musical discoveries of recent years, Polish composer Weinberg’s Symphony No.4. For their second performance, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, will perform the most beloved works by 19th century Europe’s greatest composers, with stellar cellist Gautier Capuçon and will also give a nod to the festival theme by playing two masterworks inspired by Shakespeare.