33rd Annual Music Festival

ISTANBUL , TURKEY , June 1, 2005 – This summer, Istanbul will host the 33rd edition of one of the world’s premier and most anticipated musical events, the International Istanbul Music Festival, from June 6 to July 2, 2005, mounted by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Eczacibaşi Holding. From triumphant renditions of classic Mozart and timeless ballet to daring exploration of an instrument’s use and the passion of modern composition, 700 local and international artists will showcase the shape music has taken from Moscow to Stockholm, Baghdad and London in this year’s 31 dynamic examples of orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, opera and traditional Turkish music.

Russian music from Tchaikovsky to Stravinsky will breathe new life at the festival, as the central theme of the 33rd event. One of the most recorded and globe-trotting of opera companies, the Kirov Opera Orchestra, will present an entirely red program with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s symphony No. 10. Representing the sound and passion of a solo artist, revolutionary violist Dmitry Sitkovetsky will play pieces resulting from collaborations with acclaimed pianist Pavel Gililov.

With the familiar sounds of the harpsichord, cello and violin, classical music will take on all forms, from the celebrated traditions of orchestral compositions to modern soloist interpretation. Deemed one the “hottest” events of the festival, the contemporary romantic violin virtuoso and sought-after young artist Joshua Bell will perform his original version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

Tributes to Bach and Mozart will uphold the festival’s tradition of devotion to the classics utilizing the brightest stars of today. The Journey into the Life of the Genius program will begin with fundamentals of Bach’s music, ending with a voyage through “cigarettes, coffee, wine and food,” the pleasures the maestro enjoyed on a personal level. Narrarated by a surprise guest star, the performance will be by violoncellist Raphael Wallfisch and harpsichord master John Butt. A Night with Mozart will journey from Fivertimento in D Major to Eine Kleine Nacht Musik under the direction of Andrew Manze, showcasing the timeless brilliance of an evening with Wolfgang Amadeus.   

Heralding bold new musical concepts for the 21st century, Phantasm will offer Dreams of the Heart using the viola to embody, above all, the group’s passion. Poised to execute one of the most dynamic performances at the festival, Phantasm will demonstrate the vividness, sharpness and boldness of modern composition with works by Gibbons, Purcell and Byrd.

In an entirely new direction, the classic will converge with the contemporary, when Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter renders a range of musical genres from Schubert to Kurt Weil. Combining innovation with tenacity and never before heard technique, von Otter interprets music through surprising combinations and unexpected composition in her colorful repertoires described as “charming” and “gifted.” At the 33rd International Istanbul Music Festival she will perform with famed pianist Bengt Forsberg.

To showcase the presentations, the festival will take full advantage of Istanbul’s celebrated beauty by utilizing an eclectic set of venues throughout the only city in the world that straddles two continents – from historic monuments and Ottoman palaces to exhibition halls and nightclubs, including one of the most important performance venues for the Istanbul Festival since 1973 – The Church of Hagia Eirene (now known as the Aya Irini Museum). A second main venue for this year’s festival will be the Ataturk Cultural Center , although visitors should not leave Istanbul without attending a classical or traditional music concert inside St. Irene’s Church, the first ever to be built by Emperor Constantine dating back to the 4th century.  

To view the complete schedule of events and for tickets to the 33rd Annual International Istanbul Music Festival, visit http://www.iksv.org/english  or call +90 216 556 98 00.

Turkey , the site of two wonders of the ancient world, is a present-day marvel – the cradle of civilization, the very center of world history and a modern Westward looking republic. It is a country of fascinating contrasts, where antiquity is juxtaposed with the contemporary, the familiar with the exotic; where sun-swept beaches beckon less than an hour away from snow-capped mountains, and everywhere visitors are treated to the extraordinary warmth of the Turkish people.

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