Strathmore Audiences to Experience First U.S. Performance of the Yunus Emre Oratorio in 50 Years
20 Apr, 2012, 08:15 ET
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan community will celebrate Turkic music and culture through a symphony orchestra and choral performance entitled "TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands."
Conducted by the renowned Professor Rengim Gokmen, "Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands" will bring the sounds of Ahmed Adnan Saygun's masterful "Yunus Emre Oratorio" to life on the impressive stage of the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 pm. The concert will feature the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra, which is composed of 80 distinguished performers from several Turkic nations, and the New-York based Jonathan Griffith Singers. The hour-long performance affords audience members a special opportunity to view multinational musicians on stage together.
To purchase tickets for the performance visit http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=8239. Ticket prices range from $15-$50. Students and groups of 10 or more will receive a 20% discount.
Masterpiece of Turkish Culture: The "Yunus Emre Oratorio" of Ahmed Adnan Saygun
One of the most important representatives of early Turkish mysticism, 13th-century poet Yunus Emre devoted himself to the themes of divine love and human destiny. 20th-century musician Ahmed Adnan Saygun's interpretation of Emre's work incorporates Turkish modes and folk melodies into a post-romantic-style oratorio.
One of the most famous Turkish musicians, Ahmed Adnan Saygun's international acclaim flourished from the "Yunus Emre Oratorio." Composed in 1946, the oratorio has been translated into five languages and performed worldwide, including an English-language performance at the United Nations in 1958.
TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands is a response to popular demand. In March 2011, TURKSOY presented performances of Turkic songs and dances to more than 1,300 theater-goers at Washington, D.C.'s historic Lincoln Theatre. The Washington Post Going Out Guide designated the 2011 TURKSOY concert as an Editor's Pick.
TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands is co-produced by the Karabakh Foundation and Vokaliz Management. Sponsors include the Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry of Turkey, the Federation of Turkish American Associations, the U.S. Azeris Network, the U.S. Turkic Network, the Governorship of Eskisehir, the Greater Municipality of Eskisehir, and the embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. TURKSOY is an International organization of Turkic culture.
TURKSOY International Organization was established in 1993 by Turkish-speaking countries with the intention of promoting cooperation in the fields of art and culture and strengthening the already existing common cultural presence among the Turkic nations.
Strathmore is an established arts presenter and cultural destination that nurtures art, artists and community through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality, and is home to the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro's Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.
Contact: Kelsey King
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SOURCE Karabakh Foundation
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