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Bilkent Symphony Orchestra - 2017/2018

Bilkent Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1993 as a unique artistic project of Bilkent University. Developed and managed by the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, the orchestra is composed of proficient artists of the Music Department from Turkey and 12 countries. With these characteristics the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra is the first "private, international and academic" artistic ensemble of Turkey.

During the 2017-2018 concert season, the orchestra will be welcoming audiences at the Bilkent Concert Hall (800)- unless otherwise stated  and please note all concerts begin at 20:00. 

The tickets can be purchased through Biletiva and Bilkent Concert Hall box office.

Free transportation is available from and to Tunus Street, National Library, Armada AVM, Kentpark bus stop one hour prior to concert time and after the concert.

Bilkent Senfoni Orkestrası
Bilkent Konser Salonu, Bilkent – Ankara
Tel: (312) 290 22 84, 290 17 75 (box office)
Web: http://bso.bilkent.edu.tr/en/

2017 Concert Program:
Saturday/Sunday, October 14/15
Season Opening Concert
Conductor: Darell Ang
Soloist: Fazıl Say (piano)
Program: C. Saint-Saens | Concerto for Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.22
D. Shostakovich | Symphony No.12 in D minor, Op.112 “The Year 1917”

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Fantastic Cencic
Conductor: Christian Scumann
Soloist: Max Ammanuel Cencic (countertenor)
Program: W.A. Mozart | Mitridate re di Ponto, KV.74A “Venga Pur”
G. Rossini | La Donna del Lago, “Mura Felici”
G. Rossini | La Gazza Ladra Overture
G. Rossini | Tancredi, “O Patria”
G. Rossini | La Donna del Lago, “Ah, Si Pera”
S. Prokofiev | Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op.111

Saturday, October 28, 2017
English String Music
Conductor: Michael Maciaszczyk
Program: E. Elgar | Introduction and Allegro, Op.47
S. Barber | Adagio for Strings
H. Purcell | Chacony in G minor (Arr.: B. Britten)
B. Britten | Prelude and Fugue, Op.29
G. Holst | St. Paul’s Suite
H. Purcell | Suite in E minor for strings

Saturday, November 4, 2017
In Memory of Allan Zavoud
Conductor: Matthew Coorey
Program: A. Zavoud | Environmental Symphony

Saturday, November 11, 2017
In Memory of Atatürk
Conductor: Matthew Coorey
Narrator: Genco Erkal
Program: R. Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
E.S. Kaleli | World premiere, BSO commission
I. Stravinsky | Firebird Suite (1919)

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Two Pianos Concert
Conductor: Rengim Gökmen
Soloists: Özgür Aydın (piano), Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu (piano)
Program: J.S. Bach | Concerto for Two Pianos in C minor, BWV.1062
C. Saint-Saens | Carnival of the Animals
P. I. Tchaikovsky | Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 “Pathétique”

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Horn & Horn
Conductor: Justus Thorau
Soloist: Marie-Luise Neunecker (horn)
Program: J.B. Lully | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Overture & Marche pour la Cérémonie des Turcs, LWV.43
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Horn No.2 in E flat major, KV.417
R. Strauss | Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Op.60

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Legend at Bilkent
Conductor & Piano: Christian Zacharias
Program: J. Haydn | Symphony No.49 in F minor “La Passione”
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.14 in E flat major, KV.449
L. van Beethoven | Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36

Saturday, December 9, 2017
A Poet: Menahem Pressler
Conductor: Tito Ceccherini
Soloist: Menahem Pressler (piano)
Program: W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.23 in A major, KV.488
G. Mahler | Symphony No.1 in D major “Titan”

Saturday, December 16, 2017
Pure Music...
Conductor: Bruno Mantovani
Soloist: Xavier de Maistre (harp)
Program: R. Schumann | Genoveva Overture, Op.81
A. Ginastera | Concerto for Harp, Op.25
R. Schumann | Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.97 “Rhenish”

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Tango... Tango... Tango...
Conductor: Manuel López Gómez
Soloist: Ksenija Sidorova (accordion)
Program: A. Piazzolla | Tangazo
A. Piazzolla | Concerto for Bandoneon “Aconcagua”
G. Bizet | Carmen excerps
A. Ginastera | Four Dances from Estancia, Op.8a

Thursday & Friday, December 28 & 29, 2017
New Year's Concerts
Conductor: George Petrou
Soloist: Wolfgang Bankl (bass)
Program: Waltzes, polkas, songs

2018 Concert Program
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Pictures at an Exhibition
Conductor: Vladimir Ponkin
Soloist: Julian Steckel (violoncello)
Program: A. Keçebaşoğlu | World premiere, BSO commission
E. Elgar | Concerto for Violoncello in E minor, Op.85
M. Mussorgsky – M. Ravel | Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday & Sunday, February 10 & 11, 2018
Valentine's Day Concerts
Conductor: Eduardo Strausser
Soloist: Richard Galliano (bandoneon)
Program: L. Bernstein | Candide Overture
G. Gershwin | Porgy and Bess Suite

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Midori with BSO
Conductor: Christoph Mathias Mueller
Soloist: Goto Midori (violin)
Program: Y.U.C. Thurston | World premiere, BSO commission
R. Schumann | Concerto for Violin in D minor
C. Debussy | Pelléas et Mélisande Suite (Arr.: Marius Constant)

Sunday, February 25, 2018
In Memory of Ihsan Doğramacı
Conductor: Gürer Aykal
Soloists: Philippe Grauvogel (oboe), Irina Nikotina (violin)
Program: W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Oboe in C major, KV.314 / KV.271k
J.S. Bach | Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV.1060a

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Young and Talented
Conductor: Jonathan Berman
Soloist: Pablo Ferrandez (violoncello)
Program: J. Haydn | Concerto for Violoncello in C major, Hob.VIIb:5
F. Schmidt | Symphony No.4 in C major

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Intimate, Emotional and Deep
Conductor: Andris Poga
Soloist: Ray Chen (violin)
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Violin No.5 in A major, KV.219 “Turkish”
S. Rachmaninov | Symphonic Dances, Op.45

Saturday, March 24, 2018
American Music
Conductor: Gürer Aykal
Soloists: Hedwid Fassbender (mezzo soprano), Julian Lupu (trumpet), Viktorya Tokdemir (English horn)
Program: A. Copland | Quiet City
A. Copland | Old American Songs
F. Grofé | Grand Canyon Suite
L. Bernstein | West Side Story

Friday, March 30, 2018
Baroque Music
Conductor & Recorder: Maurice Steger

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
İhsan Doğramacı Special Concert
Conductor: Gürer Aykal
Soloist: Gülsin Onay (piano)
Program: W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.9 in E flat major, KV.271 “Jeunehomme”
N. Rimsky-Korsakov | Scheherazade, Op.35

Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8, 2018
The Music Factory for Children
Celefax Reed Quintet

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Charisma and Passion
Conductor: Lukasz Borowicz
Soloist: Tobias Feldmann (violin)
T. Ades | Powder Her Face, Op.14
W. Wieniawski | Concerto for Violin No.2 in D minor, Op.22
W. Lutoslawski | Concerto For Orchestra

Wednesday & Thursday, April 18 & 19, 2018
Children's Concerts
Abrass Cadabrass Ensemble
Children's Choir of Early Music Training Program

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Youth Concert
Conductor: Işın Metin
FMPA Soloists

Friday, June 1, 2018
Bilkent Odeon
New York Gypsy All Stars

Friday, June 8, 2018
Bilkent Odeon
İdil Biret at Odeon
Conductor: Işın Metin
Soloist: Idil Biret (piano)
Program: S. Rachmaninov | Concerto for Piano No.2 in C minor, Op.18







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