Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara dedicated its two concerts to the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations on 18 – 19 October 2018. The concerts attracted big attention of classic music audience and tickets were sold out days before.
Conducted by Cemi’i Can Deliorman the orchestra started the concert with Turkish composer Ferit Tüzün’s Inspirations (Esintiler) a piece carrying traces of Turkish folkloric music.
Soloist of the concert was the Turkish/German violinist Önder Baloğlu. He played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, a piece often referred to as the Turkish Concerto because of its Turkish music characteristics.
During the second half of the concert dedicated to the UN, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra played Symphonic Dances from West Side Story of the world-renowned Leonard Bernstein marking his 100th birthday.
The concert ended with Danzon No:2 by the Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.
Following the concert UNIC Ankara National Information Officer Ahmet Parla presented the Director of the Orchestra Mr. Altan Kalmukoğlu a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the UN Country Team in Turkey.