Istanbul European Choir, another Istanbul tradition

In sixties, a group of German living in İstanbul got together and gave start to one of the most interesting and colourful musical entities of the city under the name of SİNGKREİS, or İstanbul German Choir.

Years passed and at the beginning of the nineties a group of French joined them, with the arrival of a French conductor. So the name of the choir became İstanbul European Choir, IEC. This opened the doors to other nationalities as well as locals who wanted to sing classical choral music.

Today, IEC, has over one hundred singers, from almost 40 countries on volunteer basis. They get together once a week for rehearsals and once a month for the long weekend rehearsals. Men and women, young and old, make music and share this universal language.

Istanbul European Choir opens the season with Turkey Premier of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater.

The IEC will be accompanied by Orchestra Prusart conducted by maestro Cemi’i Can Deliorman and by soprano Angela Ahıskal, ethnic soloist Canan Özgür and flutist (neyzen) Ferhat Özden. The IEC has been working on this piece since last season with its conductor Burak Onur Erdem and repetiteur Lena Şenol.

“Stabat Mater” composed in 2008 by Karl Jenkins, one of the most popular living composers whose works enjoy the largest number of performances all over the world, combines traditional western music with eastern instruments such as “darbuka”, “ney” and eastern vocals with lyrics in Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Latin and English and offers the audience a unique experience.
The concert, sponsored by Aygaz and Beşiktaş Municipality, will be performed at “Boğaziçi University, Uçaksavar Campus, Garanti Kültür Merkezi” on October 24th, Saturday at 20:00.

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