The weekend of August 1 kicks off three weeks of lively music from Klasik Keyifler – a collaboration of devoted musicians, both students and professionals, who will perform concerts in candle-lit caves across Cappadocia. Organiser and renowned violinist Ellen Jewett hopes the 23-day classical music extravaganza will bring together locals, tourists and performers. Should there be any doubt about Cappadocia’s sublime effect on music, Jewett writes:
‘The region of Cappadocia is filled with some of the most inspiring and satisfying acoustical venues for a musician to share with an audience. The soft volcanic, tufa stone reflects a beautifully warm and natural sound whether the music is being performed in one of the natural caves and valleys, or performed in one of the myriad of venues built from this same stone used for the construction of the churches and monasteries, Selçuk and Ottoman buildings, or the newly restored boutique hotels. From the moment one arrives to this otherworldly landscape, logic is suspended, and audience members have the luxury to listen/connect to the music with heightened senses.’
Jewitt’s illustrious career includes collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma and Philip Glass, winning over audiences at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and recently, presiding over Borusan Philharmonic as concertmaster. Jewitt founded Klasik Keyifler with her husband, Hüsam Süleymangil, a regional tour guide, with the idea of bringing together Turkish musicians and foreign counterparts in beautiful, historic venues, and in turn making classical music more accessible to the local community. The couple explain further in the video below:
If you find yourself in Cappadocia this August, do check the schedule to see if there’s a concert on at the time you’re visiting. Many of the concerts are free to attend, while others are ticketed. They come strongly recommended.
For accommodation, we recommend Argos in Cappadocia. Recently named one of ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Hotels 2014’ by Fodor’s travel, Argos carefully balances luxury and simplicity. Receive 15% off bookings* through Cornucopia for stays during the concert series (August 1 – August 23). Click here for more information about Argos, and to check availability and make a reservation. (*discount taken at check out)
Main image courtesy of Klasik Keyifler.