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Turksoy Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands
Outside Presenter
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore

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Celebrate Turkic music and culture with Turksoy Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands.

The International Organization of Turkic Culture TURKSOY proudly presents the celebrated Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s (1907-1991) magnum opus “Yunus Emre Oratorio.” Turkish modes and folk melodies are both incorporated into Saygun’s masterful oratorio, which was inspired by the thirteenth-century Turkish poet Yunus Emre. Yunus Emre’s poetry frequently featured the themes of divine love, human destiny, and international humanism; these themes are echoed in the music of the oratorio.

Turksoy Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands will be performed by the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra, which is composed of 80 distinguished musicians from eight Turkic nations. The orchestra will be accompanied by the illustrious Jonathan Griffith Singers and conducted by Professor Rengim Gökmen.

Rengim Gokmen, conductor
Esin Talinli, soprano
Ferda Yetiser, mezzo soprano
Senol Talinli, tenor
Tuncay Kurtoglu, bass
TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Griffith Singers

The "Yunus Emre Oratorio" has been translated into five languages and has been performed worldwide. It debuted in the United States in 1958 at the United Nations House, under the direction of conductor Leopold Stokowsi. The performance featured the Symphony of the Air Orchestra and Potsdam University Crane Chorus.

Turksoy Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands is co-produced by the Karabakh Foundation and Vokaliz Management. Sponsors include the Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry of Turkey, the Federation of Turkish American Associations, 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.

The independent producers of this event are paying a fee to rent the Music Center at Strathmore for this performance. Posting of this event on or email communications from Strathmore in no way implies support of, or artistic and program content approval by the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.

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