Wonderful closing ceremony with artists of the Turkic World in Izmir
Soloists of the Turkic World and the Youth Chamber Orchestra of TURKSOY took the scene together with the Choir of the State Opera and Ballet of Izmir and the El Ele Music and Symphony Orchestra in a wonderful performance organized in cooperation of TURKSOY with the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir. Artists who took the scene at the closing performance of the Cultural Summit of the World Organization of United Municipalities and Local Governments in Izmir performed the masterpiece of Adnan Saygun, the “Yunus Emre Oratorio” within the framework of the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language 2021.
This was the first time Saygun’s Yunus Emre Oratorio was performed on an international level by soloists of the Turkic World. The concert featured soloists of the Turkic World, Gulzat Daurbayeva (Kazakhstan), Chinara Shirinova, (Azerbaijan), Aydın Ustuk (Turkey) and Baktybek Ibykeev (Kyrgyzstan) who took the scene under their choirmaster Prof. Gulmira Kuttybadamova while the orchestra was conducted by Prof. Rengim Gökmen.
TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov: “We are transmitting the timeless message of Yunus Emre on humanism and universal tolerance to future generations.”
In the statement he delivered prior to the concert, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov said: “We are very pleased to present a performance of the first oratorio composed in Turkish language and based on poems of Yunus Emre by artists of the Turkic World. As you know, this masterpiece which Saygun completed the composition of in 1943 was performed for the first time in Ankara in 1946 and we have introduced it to American amateurs of art in 2012 with an American choir at the Lincoln Center which is one of the most prestigious venues of the USA. We have transmitted the timeless message of Yunus Emre on humanism and universal tolerance to audiences abroad. This time, we are happy to organize a concert featuring this oratorio within the framework of the Year of Yunus Emre and Turkish Language for the first time in Izmir in a special venue which is named after the great composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun. Our young talents from all corners of the Turkic World who are part of the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY are also very happy to be part of this great project which is all the more so meaninful as it also features soloists of the Turkic World from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. It is a great honour for us to dedicate our concert to the 30th anniversary of the independence of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, the founding member countries of TURKSOY.”
Maestro Rengim Gökmen: “The Yunus Emre Oratorio has become an integral part of TURKSOY.”
Maestro Rengim Gökmen who gave an interview to journalists after the concert which gathered a large audience expressed his happiness to be part of this project as well as his gratitude to all those who contributed to its realization. Maestro Gokmen further said: “Yunus Emre has become an integral part of TURKSOY. I am very happy to take the scene together with artists of all kindred countries of the Turkic World to perform this oratorio composed by one of the greatest composers of the Turkish nation on poems written by Yunus Emre, one of the greatest poets who used Turkish language. I look forward to further such projects which will bring together in the future as well.”
The Choir of the State Opera and Ballet of Izmir took the scene together with the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY
After many concerts they have been giving around the world since their establishment, young talented singers of the Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY selected from various countries of the Turkic World have taken the scene for the first time in the closing event of a major international project. The Choir which has been rehearsing for 20 days in Turkey for this Project featuring the Yunus Emre Oratorio also gave a concert in Hatay.
The choir which performed the oratorio together with artists of the State Opera and Ballet of Izmir in the Adnan Saygun Center for Culture and Art on September 11th, 2021 was composed of 27 artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey this year. The Youth Chamber Choir of TURKSOY which was established in 2015 upon initiative of its Secretary General Dusen Kasseinov had won three gold medals at the World Choir Games held in Germany shortly after its establishment and become a great source of pride for the Turkic World.