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Antalya State Symphony Orchestra in S. Korea
Turkish Amb. Ozmen Hosts Party for Members in Seoul
By Dan (Gi-Young) Jung
Staff Reporter
Members of the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra

Turkish Ambassador to Seoul Deniz Ozmen hosted a reception for the visiting members of Antalya State Symphony Orchestra from Turkey in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2007. The top Turkish envoy greeted each and every member of the prestigious Turkish orchestra, which threw concert at Chungmu Art Hall in Heungin-dong, Jung-gu in central Seoul on the day.

The prestigious Turkish orchestra came to the nation on Aug. 9, 2007 for a series of concert to mark the 50th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic relations between Turkey and South Korea. It is also holding concerts in Turkey as well.

The Turkish orchestra's 15-day tour to South Korea runs from Aug. 10 to 25, 2007. It will feature a total of 10 performances in 10 major cities throughout South Korea between Aug. 13, and Aug 23, 2007.

Turkish Ambassador to Seoul Deniz Ozmen (left) throws a reception for the members of the visiting Antalya State Symphony Orchestra at Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2007.

They are: Aaram Music Hall in Goyang City in Gyeonggi Province (Aug. 13, 2007), Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul (Aug. 14, 2007), Suwon Gyeonggi State Cultural Center in Suwon in Gyeonggi Province (Aug. 15, 2007), Cheonan City Bongseo Hall in Cheonan in South Chungcheong Province (Aug. 17, 2007), Gimcheon Cultural Center Hall in Gimcheon in North Gyeongsang Province (Aug. 18, 2007), Daegu Cultural Art Center in Daegu, North Gyeongsang Province (Aug. 19, 2007), Seongnam Art Center Concert Hall in Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province (Aug. 20, 2007), Busan Citizen Main Hall in Busan in South Gyeongsang Province (Aug. 21, 2007), Changwon Sungsan Art's Hall in Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province (Aug. 22, 2007), and Jinju Gyeongnam State Cultural Center Hall in Jinju in South Gyeongsang Province (Aug. 23, 2007).

Main program in its South Korean concerts includes Ferit Tuzun — Esintiler (9 min`), Suk-Tae Choi — ARIRANG Fantasy 2007 (10 min`), Ulvi Cemal Erkin (Turkish Composer) — Violin Concerto, Violinist / Ozcan Ulucan (Turkish Soloist), Antonin Dvorak Symphony No.4, in G Major, Op.88.

The members of the visiting Antalya State Symphony Orchestra pose for The Seoul Times in a reception held at Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul on Aug. 14, 2007.

According to the orchestra's general manager Ahmet Rahtuvan, its concerts in South Korea and Turkey are part of a variety of cultural programs marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ankara and Seoul.

Rahtuvan said four South Korean musicians, including conductor Lee Jong Wuk, soprano Cha Seung-Hee, and flautist Lee Yerin accompanied the orchestra in the opening concert in Antalya.

Located in the Mediterranean city of Antalya, Antalya State Symphony Orchestra is a symphony orchestra is one of the most prestigious orchestras in Europe. Founded in 1989 as Antalya Chamber Orchestra, it later became symphony orchestra in 1997. Principal conductor is the first woman conductor of Turkey Inci Özdil.

For details or inquiries please contact Ms. Lee Sun-Mee (Esra), secretary to the Turkish Amb. Deniz Ozmen at Turkish Embassy in Seoul at 794-0255 or 794-3778.






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