An audience of over 500 enjoyed an evening of varied classical music played by the talented Anatolian Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday night.

The orchestra led by the charismatic and witty conductor Kenan Gokkaya played a varied range of music ranging from “Trumpet Voluntary” through to the regional Zaybek. During the latter track the audience were treated to a full version of the Zeybek dance by a costumed dancer.

The orchestra was recently formed by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry in Izmir to promote fine arts to the population of Turkey. They aim to play around 250 concerts a year at venues ranging from large concert halls to village football pitches and school playgrounds.

The conductor explained that obtaining bookings can be a bit difficult because of the preconceptions some people have about classical music. However, once the audience samples our diverse range of popular classical music we are always invited back.

Those words rang true last night as the audience marvelled at the music played.

At one point they were even encouraged to take part in an energetic opera chorus – see picture below.

The evening ended with a standing ovation from the audience recognition for their fine performance.

More Classics

The Fethiye Classical Music Festival continues tonight, Friday, with a concert in the Cultural Centre starting at 8:30 (ish)

On Saturday there will be a real treat for classical music buffs with a concert by the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra on the stage promenade near the new marina. They will play selected works from Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Brahms.

Entrance to the concerts is free.