Year in Review – 2012

Turkish American Television is proud and happy to mark the end of 2012 by bringing many extraordinary video productions to our viewers.

Concerts and Music

Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s “Yunus Emre Oratorio” at the Music Center at Strathmore in Rockville, Maryland. Performed by the TURKSOY Symphony Orchestra and the U.S.-based Jonathan Griffith Singers on April 25, 2012.


Roy Hargrove Quintet Concert at Turkish Embassy Residence, an Ertegun Jazz Series Concert, in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Feb. 15, 2012. The concert honored The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture.


Barakka is a Turkish-Middle Eastern folk rock band based out of Philadelphia, PA. Barakka recently released their first album, “Uzaklardan” (translated to “from far away”), which features 10 songs, including their most popular single, “Ağıt” (translated to “lament”). Some of these songs may be heard in the studio concert they provided on TATV. Please enjoy the video.

Festivals and Cultural Events

The Turkish Festival in Washington, DC celebrated its 10th year on Sunday September 30, 2012 at Freedom Plaza! This festival, held every year in the beginning of the Autumn season, showcases the many facets of Turkey including: culture, history, entertainment, food, fashion, and much more.

The 15th annual California Turkish Festival was held in Monterey, CA on August 25-26 2012. The event had a multitude of musical and cultural events, as well as great Turkish food. Custom House Plaza hosted several tents where visitors could learn about Turkey, purchase jewelery, arts, clothing and food.

Exhibits, Books

TATV visited 1001 Inventions exhibition in the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. and interviewed Professor Salim Al-Hassani, President for the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, and Richard McWalters, Director of National Geographic’s Museum Operations.


In her 10th book “Forty Thorns”, Judy Light Ayyildiz depicts the story of her late mother-in-law, Adalet, and her struggle during the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Though the story is based on the experience of Adalet, it also explores the history of Turkey as the nation and its denizens went through “a triumph of the human spirit.”

The Karabakh Foundation‘s e executive director Diana Cohen Altman outlines the organization’s mission in Episode 85  while Kelsey King, the Program Officer of Cultural Affairs, conducts an interview with Anna Stenko in which the artwork of Stenko’s father,Kamil Najafzade, is discussed.


Turkish Cooking & Cousine

Feast Delight: America’s renowned television station PBS has began airing a Turkish cooking show “Feast Delight” presented by Müge Karslı. Turkish-American Hour takes you behind the scenes of this show with Müge.


Public Speaking

Are you afraid to get up and speak before a group? Do you need to fine tune your speaking skills? If you answered yes to either question Toastmasters may be just the solution to your problem. Prime Time Toastmasters Club who holds meetings at Fairfax Public Acess (FPA) twice a month is sharing an example of a toastmasters session with you. Watch this two part series, Episodes 80 and 81, to learn how Toastmasters helps achieve public speaking goals..from prepared speeches, to impromptu speaking and constructive feedback. Find out how a supportive environment can take away those fears.

Sit back and relax this holiday season, and enjoy these online TATV programs on your favorite media player.

Thank you for your continued support. Best wishes for 2013!

Turkish American TV Production Team

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