Istanbul concert in New York City
Istanbulive will bring together for the second time one of the largest-ever assemblies of musicians from Turkey on an American stage. The second “Istanbulive” concert to be held this summer in New York’s Central Park, Turkish singers Sertab Erener and Demir Demirkan will perform “My Turkish Songs” on April 9.
Concertgoers will also have the opportunity to sample vibrant Turkish culture and authentic Turkish food, as well as learn more about information on Turkey as a tourist destination.
In a written statement, organizer Serdar İlhan, who initiated last year’s Istanbulive project, said preparations were continuing for the second edition of the project.
Some 7,000 people attended last year’s concert on Central Park’s Summer Stage in an event that appeared widely in Turkish and U.S. media.
A search for sponsors that would contribute to the promotion of Turkey and Turkish music in the U.S. was continuing, İlhan said, adding that the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency, the New York Tourism and Culture Office, the New York Consul General, the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the Fenerbahçe USA Association had promised to support the project.
İlhan said Erener and Demirkan would perform at New York’s Hiro Ballroom to support the endeavor and invited all Turks in the city to attend the event.
This year, the Istanbulive line-up will include performances by Kenan Doğulu, Mor ve Ötesi, Şükriye Tutkun, İlhan Erşahin, Burhan Öcal, Tuluğ Tırpan, as well as folk dance groups.
Also famous Turkish pop singer Sezen Aksu will be in concert in the United States between April 4 and 7.
The concert tour of Aksu will begin at Strathmore Concert Hall in North Bethesda town of Maryland on April 4, and continue at Carnegie Hall of New York on Apr. 6, and end at Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey on April 7.
The concerts have drawn great interest from Turks living in Maryland, New York and New Jersey, as well as the neighboring states Virginia, Washington, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and even Florida.