Volume 10, Number 3
7 October 2003

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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Opens a New Season

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra opened the season on Friday, October 3, with the 10th symphony of Shostakovich, and the “Swingle Singers” performing jazz and show tunes, and an arrangement of Beatles songs. The conductor was Bilkent Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director Emil Tabakov. Bilkent News interviewed Işın Metin, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts and Music Director Emil Tabakov about their activities for the season.
“Some of the Turkish soloists and conductors that have been invited for the 2003-2004 Concert season are, Gürer Aykal, İdil Biret, Fazıl Say, Gülsin Onay, Güher ve Süher Pekinel, Ayla Erduran, Hüseyin Sermet, Muhittin Demiriz, Rengim Gökmen, Ferhan ve Ferzan Önder, Cem Mansur, İbrahim Yazıcı and Hande Dalkılıç. The foreign artists are “The Swingle Singers”, Mischa Maisky, Kristiana Kaiser, Victor Pikayzen, Alexander Rudin, Natalia Lomeiko, Jack Mercier, Johannes Wildner, Howard Griffiths, Bujor Hoinic, Valery Affanasiev, Young Chang Choo, Mintcho Mintchev, Robert Cohen, Klauss Weise, Avi Ostrovsky and Israel Yinon. “We shall also be doing a Schumann cycle within the season, as we did with Brahms and Erkin last year. Planning is ongoing for 4 studio recordings and one of these, near finalization, is Fazıl Say’s Nazım Oratorio which will be done in French, Japanese and English as well as Turkish. Our website is also being redesigned to offer both information and sample recordings of our concerts as well as our CD’s. It is planned to be launched by mid October.
This season we will continue promoting Turkish composer’s works and in our program we have selections by Saygun, Erkin, Tüzün, Sun, Say and İnce. A. Adnan Saygun’s “Yunus Emre Oratorio” is also being planned for a CD recording. As it is the 190th anniversary, we will be performing works by Wagner. Actually, it will be conducted by Silvia Saenz who is a famous female conductor from Spain.”
Emil Tabakov stated that “I shall be guest conducting in Germany, France, England, Mexico and Russia this year and the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra will be performing concerts in Ankara of course, at the Bilkent Concert Hall, then at Istanbul and at the Mersin and Eskişehir Festivals, and at Aspendos.”
“We would like to invite all Bilkent faculty and staff to our concerts at the Bilkent Concert Hall and all students are especially welcome.”
Concert Program for October
Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m.

Bilkent Concert Hall
Bilkent Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Server Ganiyev
Violin: Victor Pikaizen and Toğrul Ganiyev
J.S.Bach/ Aria, J.S.Bach/ Two Preludes, J.S.Bach/ Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV.1041, J.S.Bach/ Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV.1043, J.S.Bach/ Violin Concerto in E major, WV.1042
Saturday, October 25 at 7 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Republic Day Special Concert 1
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
The Symphonic Band of the Turkish
Armed Forces
Conductor: Haluk Erten
Violin: Cihat Aşkın
Horn: Sertan Sancar
Soprano: Feryal Türkoğlu
Tenor: Aykut Çınar
Soprano: Hülya Kazan
Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m.
Bilkent Concert Hall
Republic Day Special Concert 2
Conductor: Emil Tabakov
Piano: Gülsin Onay
F.Tüzün/ Turkish Capriccio, E.Tabakov / Piano Concerto, L.van Beethoven / Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93

Also in this issue:

Ready for the Republic Run?

All students, faculty and administrative staff and their family are invited to participate in the Republic Run 2003 on Saturday, October 18 at 11 a.m. Bilkent t-shirts are awarded to the first 400 people to register.
Runners will be organized into the following categories: Age 10 and under; 11-15; 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55 and over. Trophies will be presented to the first three finishers in each category.
The run starts from the East Campus Sports Hall at 11 a.m. Those who are 10 and under will start from the open tennis courts located in the Main Campus Faculty Housing area at 10:45 a.m. Transportation will be provided from the Main Campus Sports Hall to the East Campus Sports Hall. Buses leave from the Main Campus Sports Hall at 10:30 a.m.
Registration is at the Main Campus and the Student Dormitories Sports Halls. For further information call the Physical Education and Sports Center at ext.1993 or ext. 1325.

Instructor/Course Evaluations

Bilkent University provides an opportunity for all students to evaluate their instructors and the courses that they have attended at the end of each semester. Bilkent University was the first academic establishment in Turkey to provide this opportunity, however, until this semester the results of these evaluations were kept confidential. In response to the decision of the Senate meeting at the end of last semester, it was decided that these evaluations should be open to everyone through the Internet. Please note that the student's confidentiality will be maintained, so that the instructor will not know who has written what. This is to insure your sincerest replies to the questions.
Evaluation results can be seen without a password by first clicking on ACADEMICS, then STARS, then EVALUATION NEW. After this, select the department code in which you are interested; course GPA’s are provided, and if you want to see a more detailed statistical evaluation, click on the numbers next to the instructor's name. Here you will find answers to your questions, such as: “Despite having lots of knowledge he spoke too fast”, “He directs students very well in the course with concepts and quizzes”, “The Instructor regularly finishes his/her lectures late so, I often miss my bus”, these are only few of the many evaluations that can be found on this website. So please, take the time to evaluate your instructor and course honestly and fairly, as these evaluations are being taken very seriously.

Sibel Muradoğlu,
Student Council President

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