Saygun’s Yunus Emre Oratorio at Strathmore

Saygun’s Yunus Emre Oratorio to Unite U.S. Musicians
and TURKSOY Performers at Strathmore

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelsey King
kelsey@KarabakhFoundation.org
202-457-1450

Washington, D.C. March 28, 2012—On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan community will celebrate Turkic music and culture through a symphony orchestra and choral performance entitled “TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands.”

Conducted by the renowned Professor Rengim Gökmen, “Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands” will bring the sounds of Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s masterful “Yunus Emre Oratorio” to life on the impressive stage of the Strathmore Music Center on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:00 pm.  The concert will feature the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra, which is composed of 80 distinguished performers from several Turkic nations, and the New-York based Jonathan Griffith Singers. The hour-long performance affords audience members a special opportunity to view multinational musicians on stage together. To purchase tickets for the performance visit http://www.strathmore.org/eventstickets/calendar/view.asp?id=8239.

Masterpiece of Turkish Culture: The “Yunus Emre Oratorio” of Ahmed Adnan Saygun

One of the most important representatives of early Turkish mysticism, 13thcentury poet Yunus Emre devoted himself to the themes of divine love and human destiny. 20thcentury musician Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s interpretation of Emre’s work incorporates Turkish modes and folk melodies into a post-romantic-style oratorio.

One of the most famous Turkish musicians, Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s international acclaim flourished from the “Yunus Emre Oratorio.” Composed in 1946, the oratorio has been translated into five languages and performed worldwide, including an English-language performance at the United Nations in 1958.

“TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands” is a response to popular demand. In March 2011, TURKSOY presented performances of Turkic songs and dances to more than 1,300 theater-goers at Washington, D.C.’s historic Lincoln Theatre. The Washington Post Going Out Guide designated the 2011 TURKSOY concert as an Editors’ Pick.

Concert Credits

“TURKSOY Presents: Symphony of Voices from Turkic Lands” is sponsored by the Promotion Fund of the Prime Ministry of Turkey and co-produced by the Karabakh Foundation. Co-sponsors include 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 TURKSOY International Organization was established in 1993 by Turkish -speaking countries with the intention of promoting cooperation in the fields of art and culture and strengthening the already existing common cultural presence among the Turkic nations. Member countries of TURKSOY include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Gagauzia (Moldova), Crimea (Ukraine), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and also the Altai, Bashkortostan, Khakassia, Tatarstan, Tyva, and Yakutia regions (Russia).

About Strathmore

Strathmore is an established arts presenter and cultural destination that nurtures art, artists and community through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality, and is home to the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, one half-mile north of the Capital Beltway, and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary with your ticket.

About the Karabakh Foundation

The Karabakh Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) cultural charity foundation based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments. The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.

Foundation support comes primarily from Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan and one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. Support also comes from the U.S.-based Allaverdy Foundation. Additional information about the Karabakh Foundation may be found at www.KarabakhFoundation.org.

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