BÜLENT GÜNERALP, bass baritone
Bülent Güneralp is a versatile bass-baritone with international credits, at home in diverse genres from opera to Broadway, jazz to pop. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory, he also studied voice/opera at the Istanbul University State Conservatory, and Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Recent highlights include the world premieres of Missa Patri Pio and Canzoni Dantesche by Leonardo Ciampa, the Prioress's Tale by Delvyn Case; the Omaggio al Bel Canto Best Interpretation Award at the Stelle dell'Anno Nuovo Festival in Boston, aired on
Italy's RAI International TV; official recognitions by the Massachusetts State Senate and Thomas Menino; a Bandwidth TV feature program; and a solo performance at the historic USS Salem in the first-ever maritime festival of Quincy.
Also a drummer and pianist, Bülent Güneralp enjoys many genres from jazz to rock, and collaborates with different artists. He taught voice at the Boston Conservatory Summer Choral Institute; voice, piano and drums at the Quincy Point Music Academy; and currently teaches the same three at A Street Music in Quincy. Further information can be found at his website: www.bulentguneralp.com.
EUNYOUNG KIM, pianist
Pianist Eunyoung Kim, a virtuoso soloist and chamber musician with a large repertoire, has performed in many concerts in her native Korea, the US and Japan. She began playing piano at the age of four, gave her first piano recital at age six. She graduated from the Korean National University of Arts, Boston University, and Longy School of Music. Eunyoung Kim received a scholarship from the Korean Government, and was selected as a member of the American National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda in 2003. She appeared as a soloist in the New
Hampshire Music Festival, Kendal Music series as well as in Nagoya, Japan. As an advocate for new music, she
regularly performs in concerts with the Xanthos New Music Ensemble.
Eunyoung Kim was awarded prizes in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in 2005, as well as in the Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition in 2008, and the Glady Cauthen Award from the International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis in 2009, and described as a coherent interpreter of the late Beethoven Sonatas. Further information can
be found at her website: www.eunyoungkim.com.
RITA HURTADO, soprano, guest artist
Rita Hurtado began her career in southern California, performing the roles of First Knitter in The Game of Chance and First Nurse in Street Scene at California State University of Fullerton. While a student of Boston University’s Opera Theatre program, Ms. Hurtado performed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge. Most recently, she has performed the role of Dew Fairy in the Opera del West production of Hansel and Gretel.
Tutam Yâr Elinden (Let me hold the Lover's Hand)
Op. 30 No. 4 | Turkish Folk Song | Poem by Emrah | Arranged by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Op. 11 No. 2 | Poem by Faruk Nâfiz Çamlıbel | Music by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Çeşme Başında (At the Fountain)
Op. 6 No.1 | Turkish Folk Song | Arranged by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Havada Bulut Yok (No Cloud in the Sky)
Turkish Folk Song | Anonymous
Ateş Böceği (Firefly)
Op. 1 No. 2 | Poem by Halit Fahri Ozansoy | Music by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Prelude No. 2 (*)
Op. 1 No. 6 | Poem by Celâl Sait Siren | Music by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Enginde (Out in the Sea)
Op. 13 No. 2 | Poem by Ömer Bedrettin Uşaklı | Music by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
Gümüş İbrik (Silver Pitcher)
Turkish Folk Song | Anonymous
Op. 23 No. 5 | Turkish Folk Song | Arranged by Ferit Hilmi Atrek
- Intermission -
Vittoria, mio core! (Victory, my heart!)
Gian Giacomo Carissimi
Hungarian Dances No. 1 and No. 2
O mio babbino caro (Oh, my dear papa)
Lauretta's aria from Gianni Schicchi
Là ci darem la mano (There we shall give each other our hands)
Duettino of Don Giovanni and Zerlina from Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Vous qui faites l'endormie (You who pretends to be asleep)
Méphistophélès' serenade from Faust
Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti (Comic Duet for Two Cats)
La Campanella (Little Bells)
Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
Curly's song from Oklahoma!
Words by Oscar Hammerstein II | Music by Richard Rodgers
Words by Mitchell Parish | Music by Hoagy Carmichael
(*) Notes on PRELUDE No. 2
Prelude No. 2 for piano was written in Fall 2000 as part of a collection of Preludes and Fugues, each composed using different methods. Prelude and Fugue No. 2 is based on a tetrachord (b flat-a-g-f sharp). The opening of the prelude reveals the four notes of the tetrachord as an arpeggiated chord aligned within the major -7th interval in both the left and right hand (g-f sharp, b flat-a). The notes then start moving down chromatically one at a time. The insistent top three notes form a quasi ostinato with a small direction modification. This ostinato breaks off with the right-hand's mysterious ascending passage. The opening sets of two consecutive measures are shortened by an eighth note in order to add more perplexity to it. The entire piece has an enigmatic and mystical air. At this concert, the audience will hear the prelude movement only of this set (No. 2).
I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival for including the performance of Prelude No. 2 at this concert, and to distinguished pianist Eunyoung Kim for her tireless preparation of this piece and for her remarkable musicality. -- Koray Sazlı
FERIT HILMI ATREK, composer (1903-2006)
Classical composer Ferit Hilmi Atrek was born in Skopje in 1903. He studied piano and composition at the Istanbul Conservatory as a student of Cemal Reşit Rey. After graduating from the Ankara Music Teachers School in 1929, he went to Paris and continued his composition studies at Ecole Normale de Musique. Upon returning to Turkey, he worked as the chief supervisor at both Ankara Atatürk High School and at the Ministry of National Education. He composed Turkish art songs and piano sonatas, also wrote educational materials and songs for schools. Mr. Atrek passed away in 2006.
KORAY SAZLI, composer (1973- )
Koray Sazlı, born in Istanbul Turkey in 1973, graduated from Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory with a bachelor’s degree in classical guitar and went on to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music composition at Boston University. During his studies, he was honored with the Boston University Composition and Theory Departmental Award, selection into Pi Kappa Lambda (American National Music Honor Society), and the Kahn Career Entry Fund Award.
While at Boston University, he had the privilege of studying composition with Samuel Headrick, Martin Amlin, Theodore Antoniou and Marjorie Merryman. He participated in composition master courses affording him the opportunity to study with Lukas Foss, Samuel Adler, Jonathan Harvey, Marco Stroppa and Michael Jarrell.
Koray Sazlı’s compositions have been performed in Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, England, Argentina, Spain and USA. His compositions have received several awards both at national and international competitions. Currently, he is teaching in the composition division of Audio Design Program of College Of Art And Design at Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul. He is also the Chairman of Music And Performing Arts Department at the same school. In Istanbul he is working on the establishment of a braille music library as well.