Fith some changes made in venue and scheduling to suit current conditions, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra will be starting its 2020–2021 concert season on Sunday, October 11. While in the past most concerts have taken place in the Bilkent Concert Hall on Saturday evenings, the first concerts of this season will be held in the semi-open Bilkent Odeon on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. The BSO has also adjusted the seating layout for both the audience members and the musicians to allow for greater distancing.
Introducing this year’s concert season, BSO Music Director Nusret İspir made the following statement:
“As we write these lines, we cannot know exactly how we will proceed with the concerts we have imagined and devised. It seems that this season will be an extraordinary one in many ways. We have been required to change the artistic content time and time again. Still, all the restrictions we have been compelled to work with have enabled us to use our intelligence and creativity more effectively.
“We will divide our season into short periods and share the schedule with you as it becomes available. Our concerts will take place at 3 p.m. on Sundays in the Bilkent Odeon. We have redesigned the seating plans in our halls to protect the health of musicians and audience members.
“Our concert schedule will include the works of the great Turkish composer İlhan Usmanbaş, whose centenary we will celebrate next year, as well as the works of the Turkish Five, Yalçın Tura, Muammer Sun, and a number of younger composers.
“We wish this season to be an expression of the hope, optimism, and determination shared by both the musicians, who have not been able to perform on stage until now, and the members of our audience, who have not been able to attend cultural events for months.”
Sunday, October 11, 3 p.m.
Season Opening Concert
Yevgeniy Kostrytskyy, violin
J. Haydn | Concerto for Violin in
J.S. Bach | Concerto for Violin in
A minor, BWV 1041
A. Piazzolla | “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”
Sunday, October 18, 3 p.m.
“From the Baroque to the Present”
Elşad Bagirov, conductor
Irina Nikotina, violin
Albena Sezer, flute
Ebru Aykal, flute
Y. Tura | Suite for Small Orchestra No. 3
J.S. Bach | Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
G.F. Handel | Music for the Royal Fireworks
Sunday, October 25, 3 p.m.
Republic Day Concert
Elşad Bagirov, conductor
M. Sun | “Başlangıç Müziği” from “Cumhuriyet”
N.K. Akses | Scherzo on the “Neva Kar” by Itri for Orchestra
M. Sun | “Sevda Çiçeği” from “Kurtuluş”
C.R. Rey | “Türkiye” Suite
A.A. Saygun | Overture to “Özsoy”
U.C. Erkin | Festival Overture
M. Sun | “Bozkırın Sesi,” from “Cumhuriyet”
H.F. Alnar | İki Dans
F. Tüzün | “Çayda Çıra”
Sunday, November 1, 3 p.m.
Bilkent Brass Ensemble
G. Richards | “Champagne”
D. Elfman | “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
C. Hazell | “Three Brass Cats”
C. Hazell | “Kraken”
J. Parker | “A Londoner in New York”
A. Piazzolla | Suite from “Maria de Buenos Aires” (Arr. S. Verhelst)
G. Richards | “Fundador”
*This is a concert for children age 6 and up; everyone is encouraged to wear a costume, or at least a funny hat!