BSO Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gala Verdi Concert, Looks Forward to Upcoming Concert Season

23 September 2013 Comments Off on BSO Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gala Verdi Concert, Looks Forward to Upcoming Concert Season


The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performed a gala concert entitled “Viva Verdi” last Saturday. The event celebrated the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth and the 20th anniversary of the BSO’s founding. The concert was at the Odeon, with maestro Işın Metin as the conductor and soprano Feryal Türkoğlu and Bilkent graduate tenor Murat Karahan as soloists. The tribute concert featured some of the most popular overtures, choruses and arias written by Verdi, from works including “Nabucco,” “Il Trovatore,” “Rigoletto,” “Macbeth,” “La Traviata” and “Aida.”

Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian Romantic era composer. Today, he is remembered primarily for his operas, such as “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata” and “Aida.” The phrase “Viva Verdi” comes from a slogan that was born inItalyin 1859; it is an acronym for “Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia” (“Long live Victor Emmanuel King ofItaly”), with Victor Emmanuel II being the king who unitedItalyunder a single rule for the first time since the sixth century. Verdi had actively supported the struggle for the country’s unification as a participant in the Risorgimento movement.

The BSO’s 20th season opening concerts take place next week, at which works by Mahler, Smetana and Dvorak will be performed, with the second half consisting of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major. There will be two concerts with this program, on Friday and Saturday, featuring the internationally renowned soprano Klara Ek in the first half and in the last movement of the symphony. The following week Bilkent will be hosting famed pianist İdil Biret performing Beethoven, and the orchestra will play Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E minor. With the schedule of performances then continuing with a concert conducted by Gürer Aykal, as well as many others featuring world-famous conductors and soloists and breathtaking programs, the BSO is preparing for a magnificent season.

October 4-5 at 8 p.m.

Bilkent Concert Hall

20th Season Opening Concert

Işın Metin, conductor

Klara Ek, soprano

B. Smetana | “The Moldau”

G. Mahler | “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” No. 7 “Rheinlegendchen”

A. Dvorak | Aria from “Rusalka”: “Pisen Rusalky O Mesiku” (Moon Song)

A. Dvorak | “Kdyz Mne Stara Matka” (Songs My Mother Taught Me), Op. 55, No. 4

G. Mahler | “Rückert-Lieder,” No. 3

G. Mahler | Symphony No. 4 in G major

Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m.

Bilkent Concert Hall

Işın Metin, conductor

İdil Biret, piano

L. v. Beethoven | Leonore Overture

No. 1, Op. 138

L. v. Beethoven | Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58

D. Shostakovich | Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93