July 18, 2013
2013 News and Events

2013 News and Events

Aysegul Durakoglu has recently participated in the College Music Society’s 2013 International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She presented a lecture-recital titled, “From Buenos Aires to Istanbul: the Journey of Tango in Distant Lands” and performed tango music by various composers. The event took place on June 19, in the Williams Borges Auditorium of the Centro Cultural Borges. There had been more than 200 participants, mainly music educators and academicians from various colleges and universities including composers and performers throughout the United States and the Americas.

On March 21, Dr. Durakoglu and the members of Musica Mundana performed a program of Turkish and Sephardic music at the Embassy of the Turkish Republic in Washington DC. The program consisted of anonymous, traditional works and compositions by Sephardic composers like Simon Sargon, David Loeb, and Darius Milhaud; Turkish composers like Necip Celal and Cemal Resid Rey as well as 19th century Ottoman Court Music. The members of the Musica Mundana included Judith Davidoff, viola da gamba; Leo Grinhauz, cello; Machiko Ozawa, violin; Serap Ciftci, mezzo-soprano; Aysegul Durakoglu, piano and artistic director.

The Light Millennium and the College of Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology organized an International Conference, Pioneer of the Millennium Development Goals: Ataturk in April, 2013. Dr. Aysegul Durakoglu presented a lecture titled, “Ataturk: Creating a Universal Language in Turkish Musical Culture” and performed works by Turkish composers with violinist Yigit Karatas.

Aysegul Durakoglu has been performing with her Chamber Music Society, Musica Mundana, in a series of Latin American music on March 1st and May 23, 2013 in Drom, NYC. Their program included compositions by Astor Piazzolla, Villa Lobos, Carlos Gardel, Darius Milhaud, Stravinsky, and Enrique Delfino. Their last performance on May 23 with the clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski and cellist Leo Grinhauz received a highly acclaimed review from the New York Press.

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