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Elgar in Turkey

Conference and Recital

June 5, 2014
18.30
Admission is free.

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


This special conference by the music historian and Cornucopia contributor Emre Aracı will honour the great British composer Sir Edward Elgar on the 80th commemoration of his death.

‘Glorious sunrise and the minarets of Stamboul began to come thro the mist – wonderful wonderful,’ wrote Elgar in his diary when he arrived in Istanbul on September 25, 1905. A century later, browsing through the pages of his autographical diary, Aracı traced the British composer’s little-known trip to Istanbul and Izmir. During his stay in Tarabya, Elgar also had the opportunity to perform at a private concert.

A mini recital by the violinist Cihat Aşkın (with Aylin Ateş, a mezzo-soprano and Can Okan on the piano) will accompany Aracı’s illustrated lecture on Elgar’s Turkish sojourn. This will also be a launch of Aracı’s new book Elgar in Turkey, which is published by the Pera Museum.

The lecture will be in Turkish.



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