45th ISTANBUL MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTS Istanbul Music Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) celebrates its 45th year. Having presented the best and most recent outputs of classical music to 3,5 million music lovers in Istanbul with 3.000 events in the past 45 years, Istanbul Music Festival will be held under the theme of "Unusual", from 29 May to 21 June 2017.

In addition to the classical repertoire, the 45th Istanbul Music Festival will present a programme that will give classical music lovers a whole new concert experience with new discoveries, interdisciplinary and multimedia works, and performances that reconnect different periods and genres around this year’s theme, "Unusual".

 The 45th Istanbul Music Festival will host over 600 local and international artists, including some of the world’s leading ensembles such as Russian Chamber Philarmonic St. Petersburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Ebene Quartet, remarkable soloists like Hüseyin Sermet, Fazıl Say, Alina Pogostkina and Mathias Goerne, as well as young generation artists at 15 venues in Istanbul.

 Istanbul Music Festival invites listeners to enjoy some of the best examples of sufi music that will resonate in the 555-year-old streets of the Grand Bazaar this year. Founded by harpist Şirin Pancaroğlu, and reader and composer Bora Uymaz, the Şimdi Ensemble will present hymn examples from the past and present at the concert titled "Eternal Love". The performance will be held on Kalpakçılar Street in the Grand Bazaar on Sunday, 4 June. The project's guest artist from France, Michel Godard will be included in the ensemble with serpent, a religious music instrument from the middle ages, and tuba.

 Istanbul Music Festival has been giving commissions to local and international composers in order to contribute to the expansion of contemporary music repertoire and artistic production since 2011. This year, the Istanbul Music Festival continued these efforts by taking part in a joint commission to one of the most famous classical music composers alive, Philip Glass. The Turkey premiere of Philip Glass's latest work, the 11th Symphony, will be held as part of the 45th Istanbul Music Festival at the Hagia Eirene Museum. The symphony will be performed by the festival’s Resident Orchestra Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Sascha Goetzel on the evening of 16 June.

 Fort the festival program and detailed info: http://muzik.iksv.org/en