Almost every Friday (except during the summer) the Antalya Devlet Senfoni Orkestrasi performs in the Aspendos Salon at the Ataturk Kultur Merkezi. They tend to focus on the classical "greatest hits", and this Friday is no exception. On the program is the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s 4th Symphony.
The concert hall is a modern structure with excellent acoustics, and its setting in the park is lovely, with a path lined with fragrant pine trees and decorated with whimsical sculptures.
The concert starts at 8:00 and costs 10 TL.
We took my son to this performance and for a seven year old he was pretty good at sitting through over 2 hours of classical music. He did nod off a bit at the end though but that may have been due to the heat in the place. It was like a furnace in there.
Why do the people here insist in having the heat turned up full blast? I am from Scotland, anything above freezing is warm for me and so I find 30 degrees heat inside a building using air-con a bit excessive. I don’t imagine the performers are thrilled at being cooked alive either. The company would save on their heating bills too and could maybe even reduce the price of the tickets to 9TL. Well, I did say I’m Scottish.
Here are some videos of the evening
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto (excerpt)
Dvorak’s New World Symphony ( 3 excerpts )
Antalya Orchestra 3
Antalya Orchestra 4
Afterwards it was photos with The Fat Lady statues which sit outside the Kultur centre, after all it wasn’t over until they sang.