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2017 – 2018

14 & 15 October 2017 Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Season Opening Concerts

Darrell Ang, conductor
Fazıl Say, piano

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”





21 October 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Fantastic Cencic

Christian Schumann, conductor
Max Emmanuel Cencic, countertenor

W.A. Mozart | Ascanio in Alba, KV.111, “Cara lontano ancora”
W.A. Mozart | Ascanio in Alba, KV.111, “Ah di si nobil alma”
W.A. Mozart | Mitridate re di Ponto, KV.74A “Venga Pur”
G. Rossini | La Gazza Ladra Overture
G. Rossini | Tancredi, “O Patria”
S. Prokofiev | Symphony No.6 in E flat minor, Op.111

“A shining star of the new German conductor generation.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“Mr Cencic is blessed with the finest countertenor voice of our day.” Opernwelt

28 October 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

English String Music 

Michael Maciaszczyk, conductor

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

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04 November 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

In Memory of Allan Zavoud

Matthew Coorey, conductor

A. Zavoud | Environmental Symphony


11 November 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Matthew Coorey, conductor
Genco Erkal, narrator

R. Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op.30
E.S. Kaleli | World premiere, BSO commission
I. Stravinsky | Firebird Suite (1919)

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18 November 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Two Pianos Concert

Rengim Gökmen, conductor
Özgür Aydın, piano
Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu, piano

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”

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25 November 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall 

Horn & Horn

Justus Thorau, conductor
Marie-Luise Neunecker, horn

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

“The truly royal Marie-Luise Neunecker plays the horn with melodic grace and effortless, supple lines, something other horn players can only dream of.” The Berliner Morgenpost
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02 December 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Legend at Bilkent

Christian Zacharias, conductor & piano

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

“…that’s what his art is all about – not imposing a view, but letting each piece grow at its own pace.” The Independent
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09 December 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

A Poet: Menahem Pressler

Tito Ceccherini, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.23 in A major, KV.488
G. Mahler | Symphony No.1 in D major “Titan”

“Tito Ceccherini has created a timbres’ frame of amazing beauty … In the second part he has achieved with the orchestra an exemplary version of the Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin.” Il Corriere Della Sera

“…a poet, time and again revealing unexpected depths in works that have been endlessly plumbed and surveyed.” The New York Times
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16 December 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Pure Music

Bruno Mantovani, conductor
Xavier De Maistre, harp

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”

“Xavier de Maistre is a virtuoso of the highest order, profoundly musical and capable of realizing a remarkable range of nuance.” Gramophone
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23 December 2017 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Tango… Tango… Tango…

Manuel López Gómez, conductor
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

A. Piazzolla | Tangazo
A. Piazzolla | Concerto for Bandoneon “Aconcagua”
G. Bizet | Carmen excerps
A. Ginastera | Four Dances from Estancia, Op.8a

“Conductor Manuel López Gómez holds everything together in his masterly hands.” Emil Otto Syversten, Fædrelandsvennen

“The silver lining was Ksenija Sidorova … for she has the ability to steal a musical heart.” The Telegraph
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28 & 29 December 2017 Thursday & Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

New Year’s ConcertsPetrou 01 by Ilias Sakalak

George Petrou, conductor
Wolfgang Bankl, bass

Waltzes, Polkas, Songs

“Petrou is a great, recent phenomenon on the Baroque scene, and he will surely achieve much more that is notable.” Classical Source

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3 February 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Vladimir Ponkin, conductor
Julian Steckel, violoncello

A. Keçebaşoğlu | World premiere, BSO commission
E. Elgar | Concerto for Violoncello in E minor, Op.85
M. Mussorgsky – M. Ravel | Pictures at an Exhibition


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10 & 11 February 2018 Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

Valentine’s Day Concerts

Eduardo Strausser, conductor
Richard Galliano, bandoneon

L. Bernstein
| Candide Overture
G. Gershwin | Porgy and Bess Suite


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17 February 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Christoph Mathias Mueller, conductor
Goto Midori, violin

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)


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25 February 2018 Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

In Memory of İhsan DoğramacıPhilippe Grauvogel

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Philippe Grauvogel, oboe
Irina Nikotina, violin

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Oboe in C major, KV.314 / KV.271k
J.S. Bach | Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor, BWV.1060a


3 March 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Jonathan Berman, conductor
Pablo Ferrandez, violoncello

J. Haydn | Concerto for Violoncello in C major, Hob.VIIb:5
F. Schmidt | Symphony No.4 in C major


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16 March 2018 Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Andris Poga, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Violin No.5 in A major, KV.219 “Turkish”
S. Rachmaninov | Symphonic Dances, Op.45


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24 March 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

 American MusicHedwig Fassbender

Gürer Aykal, conductor
Hedwig Fassbender, mezzo soprano
Julian Lupu, trumpet
Viktorya Tokdemir, English horn

A. Copland | Quiet City
A. Copland | Old American Songs
F. Grofé | Grand Canyon Suite
L. Bernstein | West Side Story
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30 March 2018 Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Maurice Steger, conductor & recorder


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3 April 2018 Tuesday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Gürer Aykal, conductor
Gülsin Onay, piano

W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.9 in E flat major, KV.271 “Jeunehomme”
N. Rimsky-Korsakov | Scheherazade, Op.35


7 & 8 April 2018 Saturday & Sunday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Calefax Reed Quintet


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14 April 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

 Charisma and PassionLukasz Borowicz

Lukasz Borowicz, conductor
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

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18 & 19 April 2018 Wednesday & Thursday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Abrass Cadabrass
Orhun Orhon
, conductor
Children’s Choir of Early Music Training Program


27 April 2018 Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

İbrahim Yazıcı, conductorDezso Ranki
Dezsö Ranki, piano

A.A. Saygun | Suite for Orchestra, Op.14
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.12 in A major, KV.414
W.A. Mozart | Concerto for Piano No.27 in B flat major, KV.595
I. Stravinsky | Song of the Nightingale





19 May 2018 Saturday, 20:00 | Bilkent Concert Hall

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Işın Metin, conductor
FMPA Soloists

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1 June 2018 Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Odeon

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8 June 2018 Friday, 20:00 | Bilkent Odeon

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Işın Metin, conductor
İdil Biret, piano

S. Rachmaninov | Concerto for Piano No.2 in C minor, Op.18