Volume 16, Number 8
November 10, 2009

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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Named
UNICEF-Turkey Goodwill Ambassador


The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra was named "UNICEF-Turkey Goodwill Ambassador" on Friday, October 31.

“Generally the goodwill ambassador title is given to people,” said UNICEF Turkey National Committee President Prof. Talât Halman. “It is rare for it to be given to orchestras. The National Committee made that decision with the UNICEF Country Representative. This was a great honor for UNICEF.”

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra gave many concerts for the UNICEF Turkey National Committee, and supported many of its campaigns, such as “Haydi Kızlar Okula,” and aid for Pakistan earthquake victims.

BSO prepared two CDs-Mozart's “Requiem” and Carl Orff's “Carmina Burana”-donating the money earned to the 1999 Marmara Earthquake victims and children in difficult conditions.

From the day BSO was founded it has always been in close relation with the UNICEF Turkey National Committee. With this partnership, BSO always endeavors to bring together international artists.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are renowned for their talents and success. Their most significant characteristic is their devotion to the amelioration of children's lives all over the world. The list of the Goodwill Ambassadors started in 1953 with Danny Kaye. Peter Ustinov, Audrey Hepburn and Liv Ullman have also served as Ambassadors. Today, Ambassadors are selecting by regional and national levels. UNICEF Turkey Goodwill Ambassadors are Gülsin Onay, Tayfun Taliboğlu, Yıldız Kenter, Ayşe Kulin and Müjdat Gezen.

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