Volume 15, Number 26
April 28, 2009

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An Earnest Way of Greeting Spring

The Faculty of Humanities and Letters, Department of English Language and Literature’s  first and second year students will be performing Oscar Wilde's “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The comedy, written in the nineteenth century, draws attention to the hypocrisy and materialism of arranged marriages entered into with the aim of gaining higher social status. Wilde's mastery of English adds to the comic effect.

The play is well-known for it's proverbial statements and the double meaning that the words convey. With universal themes like love and truthfulness, and how it proposes that money and status should hold less merit in life than loyalty and intimacy, the play still attracts the attention of modern theatre-goers.

Performances will be held on Spring Fest eve, Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m. and the first day of Spring Fest, Thursday, May 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Theatre Hall at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts.

Graduation Ball Coming Up!

yaleThe 2009 Graduation Ball will be held on June 4 and 5 in the Bilkent Hotel's Sakarya Ballroom at
8 p.m., and will feature a live concert by Turkish pop singer Emre Altuğ.

Thursday, June 4:
Friday, June 5:

The ticket price is 125 TL  per person until May 25, and 135 TL. beginning May 25.

Tickets will be available at the Alumni Center in the Student Council Building starting May 4. For further information, please contact Ebru Ediz in the Alumni Center at ext. 2236.

Spring Fest Concerts

Spring Fest 2009 will take place from Thursday, May 7 to Saturday, May 9. The evening concerts, arranged by the Spring Fest Organization Committee, will be held at the ODEON, on May 7 and 8. Tickets will be required. Note that the concerts are only for Bilkent University students, personnel and alumni.

Please note that student ID cards must be presented when purchasing tickets. Each student may only purchase one ticket and it is not possible to buy a group of tickets. Please remember that at the entrance to the concert each student will need to show their student ID with their ticket, otherwise they will not be permitted to attend the concert.

Seats will be allocated by the ticket officer in the order that they are sold, thus students who purchase their tickets earlier will have seats closer to the front.

Ticket Sale Points and  Dates:

Ticket sales will begin on Wednesday, April 29, between 10:30 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. at the following places:

  • The entrance of FEASS
  • The entrance of B-Building
  • East Campus-Catering Center
  • East Campus-Coffee Break

Concert Dates and Performers:
Thursday, May 7: Nil Karaibrahimgil (9:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 8: Mazhar Fuat Özkan (9:30 p.m.)

Notes: 1. "Mobile toilets" will be available in the "Radio Bilkent On Air Party" area on Saturday, May 9.
2. Pitching tents on the grass will not be allowed because of security and health issues.
3. Pets will not be allowed in the Spring Fest Area.

We wish you a very enjoyable Spring Fest.

Spring Fest
Organization Committee

News from the Library...

Bilkent University Library would like to announce their "Overdrive Digital Library," a new audio-book and electronic book service for the University. Overdrive is a digital platform that allows users to borrow titles by downloading them temporarily in a number of different formats to their personal computers or to a variety of other portable devices, including MP3 players. They are currently offering 366 titles through Overdrive, ranging from well-known works of fiction and "easy reading" books to foreign language and mathematics study aids, but plan to extend the number of titles in the future by consulting the relevant faculties and departments. Overdrive can be accessed via the Library's website: http://library.bilkent.edu.tr

Bilkent students and staff can log on with the same ID and password used for accessing My Library Account ("Borrower Services") on the library website. They hope that this new service will improve the range of study and research options at Bilkent University.

This week, on Thursday, April 30, Onur Türkmen, from the Department of Music, will deliver the final Library Lunchtime Lecture for this semester, entitled "Too Many Notes? The Evolution of Polyphonic Texture and its Absence in Turkish Music." In his talk, Mr. Türkmen will discuss some the main differences between Turkish and "western" musical traditions.

The lecture will focus especially on polyphony in western music, which involves the use of more than one independent melodic voice, as opposed to monophony (one voice) that prevails in Turkish traditional music. Mr. Türkmen will examine the historical development of polyphony in the West from medieval plainchant, through the free declamatory melodic line in early Baroque, to Classicism and Romanticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He will illustrate his talk using examples from both western and Turkish music, including excerpts from mevlevi ayins with introductory pesrevs. The lecture will not seek to give a definitive answer to the question "Why is Turkish music not polyphonic?" but rather it will offer some initial clues to the problem in general.

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