Classical feast in store for abbey audiences

Classical concerts continue at Bellapais Abbey with the 19th North Cyprus International Bellapais Music Festival. A Turkish trio of saxophone, piano and voice opened the
Music Foundation-organised season last Thursday.

Monday sees Macedonian pianist Milica Sperovik present a programme of Debussy and Chopin before she is joined on stage by trombonist Kiril Ribarski to perform works by Ravel, Falla, Gagliardi and Arthur Pryor.

Italian violinist Andrea Cardinale joins pianist Alessandro MacNasco on the festival stage on Thursday for a programme of sonatas by Tartini, Beethoven and Grieg with a closing
Morceau de Salon Op 6
by Rachmaninov.

Belgian polish pianist Joanna Trzeciak returns to Bellapais on Monday, June 1 for another flawless recital which will include Beethoven sonatas and Chopin impromptus and his
Barcarolle in F-sharp major.

An invitation-only concert by the Cypriot Turkish Peace Forces Band on Wednesday, June 3 will showcase soloists Emrah Daban and Bilgi Beyaz alongside TRNC’s very own coloratura soprano Laden Ince.

The military band offers an eclectic programme conducted by Major Murat Ebinc which flits from an Ottoman march to Exodus, the overture from Carmen, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances No 1-5 and Sun’s Izmir Rhapsody.

Famous soundtracks from John Williams, Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World, including a trumpet solo by Okan Kilic, Juliet’s Aria, Republic film music and Turkish Cypriot folk songs complete the varied programme.

Miss Ince will also perform at the closing concert on Tuesday, June 16 when she joins pianist Atakan Sari for a selection of arias by Vivaldi, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi and Offenbach.

A viola and accordion recital by the Turkish-Dutch Mares Duet on Friday, June 5 offers a programme of music by the classical tango greats Manuel de Falla, Piazzolla and Albeniz with selections from Satie, Ravel and Stravinsky.

Monday, June 8 offers a Dream of the Island concert by young talented local musicians. Early booking is advised for the penultimate date on Thursday, June 11, the Oytun Ersan Project which features seven talented jazz musicians including Ivan Lavrentev on saxophone and the brother and sister folk/pop vocalists Simge and Aytunc Akdogu.

Tickets for the 8.30pm concerts are priced at 20TL and may be purchased at the Bellapais Abbey ticket office or by phoning Sifa Taner on 0542 854 6417.

By Anne Canalp


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