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Unforgettable closing of the 27th International Izmir Festival

23 July 2013

On 16 July 2013, the 27th International Izmir Festival organised by the Izmir Foundation for Culture Arts and Education (İKSEV) ended with the Apollon Musagéte Quartet concert which took place at the Celsus Library of Ephesus. Prior to the concert that started the events for the 600th anniversary of the Turkey-Poland Diplomatic Relations that will be celebrated next year, KSEV President of the Board of Directors Filiz Sarper presented an appreciation plaque to Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Istanbul Miroslaw Stawski.

The Celsus Library is one of the most fascinating venues of the International Izmir Festival. The concert took place in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Istanbul, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Izmir and under programme sponsorship of CMS, and was enjoyed by Consul General Miroslaw Stawski, Selçuk District Governor Ayhan Boyac and his wife, KSEV President of the Board of Directors Filiz Sarper, Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA), Philippe Piguet, French art historian and curator, Vice-Consul in Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Istanbul, Lukasz Paprotny, the Classical Music Director of Adam Mickiewicz Institute ukasz Strusiki, Ceyla Boroval, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Izmir and art-lovers.

The Apollon Musagéte Quartet consisting of Pawe Zalejski (violin), Bartosz Zachod (violin), Piotr Szumie (viola) and Piotr Skweres (cello) played Czech composer Josef Suk’s “Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn”, Polish Composer Penderecki’s String Quartet “Leaves of an Unwritten Diary” and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s String Quartet No.2.

The works that the Quartet has chosen from the contemporary and classical repertoire and their superior virtuosities received great admiration and applause. Four young artists thanked the applause with Stravinsky’s Tango. Apollon Musagéte members, who told that coming to the lands where their spiritual mentor Apollon was assumed to have lived and giving a concert here was an extraordinary experience, said that they were leaving Izmir with happy memories.

Kathrin Deventer, Secretary General of the European Festivals Association (EFA), said: “Attending the closing concert of the Izmir Festival in Ephesus, at the Library of Celsus, performed by the Apollon Musagéte Quartet, was breath-taking. Being introduced to this place, and other places in Europe, through the arts, discovering our rich cultural heritage and enjoying it with great contemporary music is a mission that the Izmir Festival is accomplishing so brilliantly this year for the 27th time.”