“Unusual”: the 45th Istanbul Music Festival
May 29th – June 21st 2017
Now in its 45th year, the Istanbul Music Festival embraces and celebrates an extraordinary city, bringing together Turkey’s musical heritage with music from around the world.
Founded in 1973, the Istanbul Music Festival was initially focused only on classical music, but over the last 44 years it has gradually expanded to include film, theatre, jazz, dance and contemporary music.
In addition to a wide range of concerts and cultural events, the Istanbul Music Festival also organises educational events, aiming to increase the public’s appreciation of music and the arts.
Each year the festival focuses on a different theme which runs through all the events. This year’s theme is “Unusual”.
Between May 29th and June 21st, Istanbul Music Festival will host over 600 local and international artists, including some of the world’s leading ensembles such as the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Ebene Quartet, remarkable soloists like Hüseyin Sermet, Fazıl Say, Alina Pogostkina and Mathias Goerne, as well as young generation artists at 15 venues in Istanbul.
Events will take the audience on a musical journey through historical venues of Yeniköy including the Küd Dipo Surp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church, which was built in 1760 and is still active; the Sait Halim Pasha Mansion with its elegant 19th century architecture; the Aya Yorgi GreekOrthodox Church, which was reopened in 2010 after many years; the Yeniköy Panayia GreekOrthodox Church, as well as the Austrian Culture Forum, which was built in the mid-19th century.
Some of the best examples of Sufi music will resonate in the 555-year-old streets of the Grand Bazaar this year. Founded by harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu, and reader and composer Bora Uymaz, the Şimdi Ensemble will present hymn examples from the past and present at the concert “Eternal Love” on June 4. The project’s guest artist from France, Michel Godard, will be included in the ensemble with a serpent, a religious music instrument from the Middle Ages, and a tuba.
“Rosery,” a tribute to the cultural heritage that dates back many centuries between Iran and the Ottoman Empire, brings a contemporary interpretation to the traditional musical styles that were nourished by the interaction of the two countries.
For full information, visit the Istanbul Music Festival website.