Volume 11, Number 5           19 October 2004

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Vote for Your Class Representative

Next week an important event on the Bilkent calendar will take place: elections for Class Representatives. Students from all programs in each undergraduate class, including the preparatory class, are eligible to vote. Voting will be done electronically. This computerized election system, the first in Turkey, was developed at Bilkent University and used here successfully last year.
The names of the candidates and eligible voters are posted at www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey
The first round of elections will be on Monday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
If the voter turnout is below 80% for a particular class, the election process for that class will continue with a second round of voting on Tuesday, October 26.
If the cumulative total votes cast on those two days are below 50% of all eligible voters for a particular class, then the top two candidates for that class will enter a runoff election, with voting to take place on Wednesday, October 27.
You can choose to vote at any of the stations listed below and need only to have your student ID card with you.

Locations of Voting Stations
-BUSEL Building C, DB01
-Faculty of Engineering, B-Block, Foyer
-School of Applied Technology and Management, Building R, RA 107
-Computer Center, Building B, 3rd Floor
-Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, MAZ 20 (shared by FEASS+FHL+FBA)
-Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, 3rd Floor, No. 336
-Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, F Block, FFZ 21

The elections results will be posted online at www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey
Make Your Vote Count!


President of Chile Receives Honorary Doctorate

H.E. Ricardo Lagos Escobar, the President of Chile, was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Bilkent University on Tuesday, October 12. The ceremony took place at the University Concert Hall.

The program included a mini-concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and continued with the conferring of the honorary doctorate. President Escobar was cited as having served his country and the world as a statesman, humanitarian and an intellectual. In his speech, President Escobar talked about globalization, the world economy and human rights, and stressed the need for new "rules of the game" in a global society. He concluded by thanking Bilkent for honoring him with the doctoral degree.

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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra’s Latest CD is Released by EMI

EMI CLASSICAL, one of the top three international recording labels, has released the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra’s latest CD. It features the Sancan and Tchaikovsky piano concertos with French pianist Jean-Philippe Collard as soloist. BSO music director Emil Tabakov conducted the orchestra for the recording, which is the first CD by a Turkish orchestra to be released by an international label. The CD reached major music markets worldwide on September 21.
The recording has gained critical acclaim from music critics in French, German and British publications and is featured in the October issue of the French music journal Diapason. The magazine gave the CD its highest rating, 5 stars or "diapasons," and published a lengthy interview with Jean-Phillippe Collard as well as praise for Maestro Tabakov and the BSO.
In the interview with Jerome Bastinelli, Collard explained why his return to the recording scene after a 10-year absence had taken place with an orchestra in Turkey: “Located on the hills dominating Ankara, the (private) Bilkent University and especially the music department offer the greatest of musical riches. Composed of national [Turkish] and East European instructors, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, 10 years after its founding, exhibits a rich musical tradition that leaves one with no reason to envy better-known ensembles. When the university first proposed a CD production to me, I naturally wanted to render homage to my own professor Pierre Sancan by recording his concerto. The recording process took place under excellent conditions (at the Bilkent Concert Hall), in comfort and with ample time for rehearsals; very different from the indecently fast pace these things are forced to follow nowadays.”
Bastinelli added his own words of praise for the recording: “Pierre Sancan’s piano concerto offers a fine preliminary to the Tchaikovsky piano concerto’s joyful lyricism. Collard’s interpretation pays a worthy tribute to his master's concerto with crystal clear and refined musicality.
As for Bilkent’s surprising orchestra, they too are lyrically and unreservedly passionate in this recording, and this should constitute a refined yet magisterial entry for them into the international world of discography.
“Tchaikovsky’s famous concerto is also interpreted with a difference. Collard and Emil Tabakov realize a precise and through reading together, clearing the score of bad habits that it has acquired due to much abuse during years of cavalier interpretation. Remaining true to the musical text, a very decisive yet elegant musicality has been achieved, along with clarity in form and tempos.
A much needed cure and salute for this scarred battle horse (of the piano repertoire).”
The CD was released in this country by EMI Turkey on October 15 and will soon be available at the Meteksan Bookstore.

The Good Man of Szechwan is on Stage

BFourth-year students from the Department of Performing Arts will be performing the play "The Good Man of Szechwan" (Sezuan'ın İyi İnsanı) by Bertolt Brecht as their graduation project. The play is directed by Zurab Sikharulidze and is under the general artistic direction of Prof. Cüneyt Gökçer.
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a famous German theater director and playwright. His greatest innovation was in the genre known as "epic theater." In his plays, Brecht lets the audience know that what is being displayed on the stage is simply a play. Characters interact with the viewers, keeping them aware that this is theater and not a "real" event.
“The Good Man of Szechwan revolves around Shen Te,” who questions and is overwhelmed by social corruption. This pushes her to search for the good that lies inside the human soul. The time and location of the play is nonfigurative and abstract. Brecht wrote this play, considered as one of his masterpieces, to criticize the Nazi regime of his time.

The play opens Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m. at the Bilkent Theater Hall. Additional showings will be at the same hour and place on November 5-12-19-26, and December 3.
Everyone interested in theater is invited to attend. For those who have heard of Brecht but never seen one of his plays, this is an opportunity to experience epic theater. Let's support our student actors as they approach the end of their adventure at Bilkent!
For ticket information call ext. 1620.

Emre Kırtunç (COMD/IV)

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