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Guide to Live Classical Music, Concerts and Opera in Turkey

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The stars come out for the 47th Istanbul Music Festival

© Ersin Durmus
Under the festival theme of “Darkness of Being, Lightness of Being”, the Istanbul Music Festival offers a chance to explore widely, both musically and geographically. 
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IstanbulOpening Concert

Opening Concert
Beethoven, Liszt
Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra; Aziz Shokhakimov; Seong-Jin Cho

IstanbulVocal Baroque treasures: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel

Vocal Baroque treasures: Bach, Vivaldi, Handel
Bach, Vivaldi, Handel
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Florian Helgath; RIAS Chamber Chorus

Istanbul4 Musketeers of Piano

4 Musketeers of Piano
Wagner, Vivaldi, Bizet, Liszt, Ravel, Theodorakis
George-Emmanuel Lazaridis; Zeynep Ucbasaran; Janis Vakarelis; Cyprien Katsaris

IstanbulRIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Ufuk & Bahar DÖRDÜNCÜ

RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Ufuk & Bahar DÖRDÜNCÜ
Shostakovich, Gedizlioğlu, Brahms
RIAS Chamber Chorus; Ufuk – Bahar DÖRDÜNCÜ

IstanbulWeekend Classics 1

Weekend Classics 1
Cooper (Coperario), Bevin, Brumel, Henry VIII King of England, Byrd, Cornysh II, Wilbye, Bateson (Betson), Baldwine, Gascogne, Ciconia, Gibbons, Caurroy
Vivid Consort
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Meral Azizoğlu and the Gypsy Fire Ensemble

Meral Azizoğlu © Ali Guler
Singer Meral Azizoğlu with the Gypsy Fire Ensemble take us back to the glamourous world of early twentieth century Istanbul.
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Playful light and colour from Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Ferhan & Ferzan Onder © Ali Guler
Imaginative Bach and an exciting new work by Dobrinka Tabakova played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta with pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder.
***11
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Life and death in Istanbul: Maisky family trio

Sasha, Mischa and Lily Maisky © Ali Guler
Youthful Mahler, earth-shattering Shostatovich and life-affirming Schumann, played by The Maisky Trio and Maxim Rysanov at the Istanbul Music Festival.
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Melodies of Istanbul present a rich blend at Istanbul Music Festival

Hakan Güngör © Courtesy of Istanbul Music Festival
The complexities of Istanbul's rich culture and history, explored in a heady mixture of music from Bach to Afganistan, played by the Melodies of Istanbul Orchestra, directed by Hakan Güngör. 
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Glass' Eleventh given Turkish première

Sascha Goetzel © Istanbul Music Festival
Philip Glass' Eleventh Symphony, given its Turkish première at the Istanbul Music Festival, returns to his signature repetitive style. 
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