A “Concert Without Borders” at the capital’s historic Bedestan is set to raise funds for Lefkoşa’s Special Needs and Trade Education Centre.
American soprano and Grammy nominee Demetra George Mustafaoğlu will share centre stage for the first time with her fellow US State Department Cultural Diplomacy award-winners Greek Cypriot mezzo soprano Katie Economidou and Turkish Cypriot pianist Fikri Toros.
The three musicians are the first to receive the new award, which was presented in May, and will be accompanied on stage by piano maestro Rauf Kasimov, violinist Marios Pavlou and Los
Angeles-based, Lefkoşa-born flautist Burak Beşir, who studied with Sir James Galway and played in the theme tune of Game of Thrones and more recently at the Oscar Symphony.
A programme of classical, opera, Broadway, Turkish art music and folk songs is promised “with a few surprises thrown in”, including a special guest.
The Friday, November 20 event starts at 8.15pm, after cocktails and mezes from 7.15pm at Saraba Restaurant, co-sponsors with Starling supermarkets, in the historic Selimiye Square Chapterhouse.
Mrs Mustafaoğlu, who sang with Katie Economidou for Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades’s wife last week, said more dates were planned including a South Cyprus concert.
The Los Angeles- and Çatalköy based soprano was diagnosed with breast cancer at her annual check up last year and has undergone two bouts of minor surgery. She said: “I made a vow when I was on the radiation table that if I could beat this, I would help special needs children
in North Cyprus. Music is the harmonic connection between all living things.”
A former Miss Oklahoma beauty queen, she is also a founding member of the Los Angeles Turkish American Women’s Association and will return to the US in December for her annual Christmas carol concert for California’s blind children.
Tickets are available from Deniz Plaza shops, from the artists or on the door for a 35TL donation.
By Anne Canalp for Cyprus Today