German conductor to perform, train in Turkey

ISTANBUL

German conductor Frieder Bernius will perform in Turkey, the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on November 4.

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Bernius, founder and director of the Kammerchor Stuttgart (Stuttgart Chamber Choir), will conduct a series of concerts and formations in Istanbul and the capital Ankara.

Hosted by the General Directorate of Fine Arts of Turkey, the events will be held in association with the German Embassy and the Goethe-Institut in Ankara.

Bernius will first give a concert at Istanbul’s new Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) on November 14.

Two days later, he will perform at CSO Ada Ankara in the Turkish capital.

As part of a project of the Turkish State Polyphonic Choir and Maestro Burak Onur Erdem, the young musicians of the State Polyphonic Choir will receive training from Bernius and also perform a concert under the direction of the famous conductor.

In Bernius’ concerts, Turkish musical instruments such as tambur and ney will accompany the orchestra to create a synthesis of classical music from Anatolia and Central Europe.

The orchestra will also perform a few pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, early Romantic German composer Felix Mendelssohn and Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.

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Bernius founded the Kammerchor Stuttgart in 1968 and has conducted the largest orchestras and choirs in Germany, such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, the WDR Symphony and the RIAS Chamber Choir.

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