Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival10th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 24 - April 30, 2011



Baris Perker


- Concert -

SEVEN IMAGES OF ISTANBUL

 

Throughout the ages, Istanbul has served as the capital city of three longest-lived Empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. This magnificent history endowed Istanbul with its unique sense of cosmopolitanism, which is eloquently expressed at this chamber music concert, a project of Baris Perker, uniting musicians of different national backgrounds and generations: Ina Zdorovetchi (Moldova), Hey Rim Jeon (South Korea), Sean Mix (USA), Marcel Tournier (France), Yitzhak Yedid (Israel) and Baris Perker (Turkey).

Saturday, April 30, 2011    8:00 p.m.
Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street, Boston

General Admission $10, Student $8
Tickets available at the door (cash only) Online ticket sales are closed

Throughout the ages, Istanbul has served as the capital city of three longest-lived Empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. This magnificent history endowed Istanbul with its unique sense of cosmopolitanism, which is eloquently expressed at this chamber music concert, a project of Baris Perker, uniting musicians of different national backgrounds and generations: Ina Zdorovetchi (Moldova), Hey Rim Jeon (South Korea), Sean Mix (USA), Marcel Tournier (France), Yitzhak Yedid (Israel) and Baris Perker (Turkey).

Seven Images of İstanbul, the piece giving the name to this concert, was composed for solo harp by award-winning Turkish composer Baris Perker. The piece was commissioned by Turkey’s renowned harpist Sirin Pancaroglu as a part of the Istanbul and Harp project, a musical collaboration of six Turkish composers and several talented performers, celebrating the city’s role as the 2010 European Capital of Culture. Seven Images of Istanbul depicting the individual characters of the city’s seven neighborhoods, expresses the composer’s longing and love for Istanbul, the city where he was born and grew up. The US premiere of the piece will be performed by harpist Ina Zdorovetchi, hailed as “the Harp Whisperer” by the Savannah Morning News.

The concert program includes Baris Perker’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, which delighted its audience with its playful, witty, expressive and emotional character at its world premiere in Baltimore, MD; Yitzhak Yedid’s “Out to Infinity,” Marcel Tournier’s Sonatina for Harp Op. 30, and Hey Rim Jeon’s Alpha and Omega, with the appearances of Ina Zdorovetchi (harp), Sean Mix (saxophone) and Hey Rim Jeon (piano).

 

BARIS PERKER

Baris Perker won numerous awards including Randolph S. Rothschild Merit Prize (2005), first prize in the Macht Orchestra Composition Competition for his orchestral piece The Dreamy Dance (2005), second prize in the ‘Prix d’Ete’ Electronic Music Composition Contest for his Fantasy for Bassoon and Max (2005), second prize in the Dr. Nejat Eczacıbaşı National Composition Competition for his orchestral music Sound of the Red Shadow (2006).

Among Baris Perker’s works are I am Listening to Istanbul (2004), written for the violin, guitar and voice on an English translation of Istanbul’u Dinliyorum, a poem by Orhan Veli Kanık; Leaves with a Name (2007), a theater music for the Peabody Institute’s 150th anniversary event, and Seven Images of Istanbul (2010) commissioned by harpist Sirin Pancaroglu to be performed within the frame of Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture events.

Baris Perker’s works have been performed by major orchestras, including Izmir State Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, Ankara Presidential Symphony, and Peabody Symphony Orchestras, and featured many distinguished conductors such as Gurer Aykal, Mark Kadin, Antonio Pirolli, Naci Ozguc, Burak Tuzun, Bohuslav Rattay, Paul Kim as well as many remarkable soloists like Metin Ulku, Michael Sheppard, Jerfi Aji and Brian Bubnash.

Baris Perker is pursuing his DMA studies in the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and currently working on his Cello Concerto.

 

 
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