Monday, April 23, 2012, 7:00 PM
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 8:00 PM
Strathmore Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Turksoy Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands
Amed Adnan Saygun's acclaimed oratorio Yunus Emre
With the Turksoy Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Griffith Singers
Jonathan Griffith, chorus direction/preparation
Rengim Gökmen, Conductor
Esin Talini, Soprano
Ferda Yetiser, Mezzo-Soprano
Senol Talinli, Tenor
Tuncay Kurtoglu, Bass
This program was sponsored by the Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry of Turkey and cosponsored by the Karabakh Foundation, the U.S. Azeris Network, the U.S. Turkic Network, the Governorship of Eskisehir, the Greater Municipality of Eskisehir, and the embassies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. Turksoy is an International organization of Turkic culture.
For both performancs, NYFS joined forces with Khorikos and the Continuo Arts Foundation as the Jonathan Griffith Singers under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts International New York.
A short video clip from the April 25th Strathmore performance of part of movement 12 featuring orchestra, soloists, and chorus can be accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Ibnm1dn8Y. A Turkish video news report of the same performance can be viewed at http://www.trthaber.com/videolar/turkiyenin-ilk-oratoryosu-amerikada-6281.html.
Links to two on-line reviews of the April 23 Avery Fisher concert can be found on our News and Reviews page.
Below are photos from the Avery Fisher April 23rd performance (top, top middle) and the Strathmore April 25th concert (bottom middle, bottom). More photos of the Avery Fisher concert can be found here and here. Some pictures of the tour to the DC area provided by NYFS member Kim Spelmen can be accessed here.