Donnerstag, 16. April 2009

Rolando in Istanbul

Rolando will give a gala concert on 29th June in Istanbul at the Hagia Eirene ! His first appearance in Turkey ever !

Barenboim to receive lifetime achievement award at İstanbul fest

Daniel Barenboim, the world-renowned pianist and conductor billed as the “builder of musical bridges,” will receive the Lifetime Achievement honor of this year’s İstanbul International Music Festival, which promises a star-studded lineup in its 37th edition.

The festival, organized annually by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV), will mark its 37th edition, featuring around 20 performances, from June 5-30. The 25-day festival will open with a concert by the Borusan İstanbul Philharmonic, the festival’s orchestra in residence, under the baton of its young conductor, Sascha Goetzel, in the historic ambiance of the Hagia Eirene Museum, one of the festival’s regular venues.
The 67-year-old Barenboim, praised for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of young Arab and Jewish musicians which he co-founded with the late Palestinian-American intellectual and activist Edward Said, will receive his award on June 30, prior to his closing performance with the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra. In the meantime, Ayhan Baran, a well known İstanbul State Opera and Ballet (İDOB) singer whose career spans over half a century, will receive the festival’s 2009 Award of Recognition, İKSV said in a written statement. Baran will receive his honor during the festival’s opening ceremony on June 5.

Rolando Villazon, a Mexican star tenor who has been struggling with laryngitis for the last few months, canceling scheduled appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, is scheduled to sing at a gala concert on June 29 at the Hagia Eirene in what will be his first appearance in Turkey. Villazon will be accompanied by the Borusan Philharmonic under the baton of Marco Zambelli during the concert.

Tickets for the festival will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at and Biletix sales points across the city.

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Many, many thanks to Maxi for the information !

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