The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet gave a magnificent concert on the evening of Monday, June 19th, at the Marmaris Open Air Theatre, which will remain unforgettable in the memories of music lovers!
As part of the Marmaris International Culture and Art Festival 2023, the ensemble performed a wide repertoire including classical, romantic, and modern pieces, as well as a composition specifically written for the quartet by renowned American film composer Danny Elfman.
Organized by the Marmaris Culture and Art Association (MAKSAD) in collaboration with the Marmaris Municipality, the Marmaris International Culture and Art Festival is hosting numerous significant musicians from Turkey and around the world between June 2nd and June 26th, 2023, as part of its rich program.
On the evening of June 19th, the guest of the festival was the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet, which was originally formed as the chamber music ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1985. Despite a generational change in 2015 after 30 successful years, the quartet continued its journey with the same artistic spirit. The ensemble, consisting of three members of the orchestra: violinist Luis Esnaola, violist Matthew Hunter, cellist Knut Weber, and renowned pianist Markus Groh, performed a repertoire at the Marmaris Open Air Theatre that included classical, romantic, and modern quartets, as well as new and undiscovered pieces. The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet also shared a five-part composition written for them by the American film composer Danny Elfman, known for his songs in Tim Burton’s films and the theme music of “The Simpsons,” with the music enthusiasts of Marmaris.
MARMARIS INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND ART FESTIVAL
With the motto “Nurturing Marmaris with Art,” the Marmaris International Culture and Art Festival (MKSF) aims to bring a cultural and artistic identity of international, high quality, and lasting nature to Marmaris through exciting and distinguished events. The festival allows the people of Marmaris and its visitors to enjoy days filled with art and culture, bringing together artists from around the world with the art enthusiasts of Marmaris and promoting our local values at an international level.
Each year, MKSF aims to highlight one of the 14 ancient cities within the boundaries of Marmaris. In its second year, the festival focuses on the ancient city of Amos. Inspired by a city that has experienced a cultural development due to the artistic demand generated by its rich products obtained using environmentally friendly methods in a geography not highly suitable for agriculture, the theme of the Marmaris International Culture and Art Festival 2023 is set as “From the Power of Soil to the Magic of Art.”
The main sponsor of this year’s festival, organized by MAKSAD in collaboration with the Marmaris Municipality and with the significant contributions of Muğla Metropolitan Municipality, is Türkiye İş Bankası (Turkey Is Bank). The platinum sponsors of MKSF 2023 include the South Aegean Touristic Hoteliers and Operators Association (GETOB), ETİ Food Industry and Trade Inc., and NUUP. Netsel Marmaris Marina, Marmaris Chamber of Commerce, YDA Dalaman Airport, Mey|Diageo, Koral Travel, LORYMA Resort Hotel, and Kapurcuk Marmaris are among the supporters providing sponsorship for various activities within the festival, along with numerous individual and corporate supporters at the local and national levels.
Established in 1999, the Marmaris Culture and Art Association (MAKSAD) aims to contribute to Marmaris by creating a cultural and artistic identity of high quality and permanence, with the involvement of art enthusiasts and organizations that bear social responsibility. Pursuing this goal, the MAKSAD Chamber Orchestra, consisting of members and guest artists, has given over 100 concerts. The association has organized the Marmaris National Ballet Days seven times, the National Cahit Koparal Flute Competition three times, and hosted various national and international classical music and choir concerts. Furthermore, the association provides music and ballet education to children and youth.
Although the decision to organize the Marmaris International Culture and Art Festival was made by the board of directors, which came into office in 2019, the festival could not be held in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, despite all preparations. The first edition of the festival took place from June 10th to June 30th, 2022, and brought together over 200 artists and more than 20,000 spectators in 32 events.
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