BSO Concert Honors the Memory of İhsan Doğramacı

The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra concert on February 25 was dedicated to Professor İhsan Doğramacı, the founder of Bilkent University, and a lifelong music-lover, on the second anniversary of his death. The audience paid heartfelt tribute to his memory and celebrated his everlasting legacy once again.

The concert began with a stirring performance of the “Leonore” Overture No. 3, Op. 72b,  of Ludwig van Beethoven. This well-known classic of the symphonic repertoire was followed by a less familiar piece, Alexander Glazunov's Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 82. Violinist Sasha Rozhdestvensky, a scion of one of Russia's greatest musical families, joined the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra as soloist, bringing an authentic interpretive touch and timbre to a work he has recorded.

For the final piece on the program, Artun Hoinic, guest conductor for the concert, led the BSO in the Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op. 10, by Dmitri Shostakovich, a very early work of the great Russian master and one of the more frequently performed twentieth-century symphonies. The orchestra gave a sonorous reading of the piece under the baton of the young conductor -- who, it should be mentioned, is a 2007 graduate of Bilkent's Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. No doubt Professor Doğramacı would have been pleased.

Engineering Society Presents Yönet 2012

The Bilkent University Engineering Society will organize a nationwide managership and leadership camp, Yönet 2012, between March 2 and 4 at the Ankara Dedeman Hotel. It is open to all students from any department, whether from Bilkent University or not. The aim is to bring students who want to be successful managers together with the business leaders of Turkey. 

In addition to a series of seminars, there will be workshops where participants can apply their knowledge to specific situations. In particular, engineering students who already have analytic thinking skills will have a chance to improve their management skills. And, over the three days, students will also be given time to socialize, have fun and enjoy entertainment.

At the end of the camp, a certificate of participation will be given. The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 29. For more information about registration, visit

This year, speakers will include Turhan Turhangil (CEO of Schneider Electric for the Middle East and the Balkans), İsmail Başer (CEO of Teknik Alüminyum), Mert Demirci (strategic planning and business development manager of Teknik Alüminyum), Giovanni Aliverti (IBM Global Services), Hakan Atalay (CEO of Levi's Turkey), Tufan Teksoy (partner of Deloitte Turkey), Bekir Coşkun (columnist for Cumhuriyet Gazetesi), Akif Nuray (director of marketing for Mercedes Benz in Turkey), Cem Ağaoğlu (general manager at PepsiCo), Ozan Tatar (public relations and communication administrator for Brand), Elif Sezgin (director of public relations for Coca-Cola İçecek), İpek Aral Kişioğlu (public relations and administration adviser), Bahadır Tomaç (consumer research director for the Nielsen Company).

!f İstanbul International Independent Film Festival at Bilkent

The !f İstanbul International Independent Film Festival, which annually presents independent films from around the world to Turkish audiences, opened in İstanbul on February 16. Part of the festival will take place in Ankara March 1-4, and this will include screenings at Bilkent University.

!f Shorts from Turkey presents an alternative to the competition-centered approach to short films. Dedicated to investigating the directions that cinema is taking, !f Shorts  is based around selected themes, which change every year. Two thematic selections of shorts from Turkey will be shown at Bilkent University this year. Screenings are free of charge. The !f Independent Film Festival was founded in 2001, and every February and March hosts some 70,000 film buffs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world.

Bilkent University screenings will be:
Thursday, March 1, 12:40-1:30 p.m.
Resmi Görüş (38'40")
Friday, March 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Kendinle İkili Mücadele (52'35") and Sessiz ve Derin (31'32")
Place: FADA, FB-309

Further information about the festival and the program can be found at