“NOTES OF HOPE” Metz-Grand Est National Orchestra Friendship Concert


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Metz - Grand Est National Orchestra

David Reiland, conductor
Murat Cem Orhan, guest conductor
Can Çakmur, piano

Concert Programme:

C. Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
C. Saint-Saens, Piano Concerto No.5
A.A. Saygun, Suite for Orchestra
L. van Beethoven, Symphony No.5 in C Minor Op.67

The Metz - Grand Est National Orchestra, one of France’s leading classical music ensembles, is visiting Turkey in solidarity with the musicians affected by the February 2023 earthquakes. Organised by Institut Français de Turquie and Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) for the benefit of İKSV Instrument Support Fund, the Metz - Grand Est National Orchestra, conducted by artistic director David Reiland, will accompany young and successful pianist Can Çakmur in the ‘Notes of Hope’ concert. Conductor and composer Murat Cem Orhan, who has been the general artistic director of Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall since 2022, will also take part in the concert as guest conductor.

The proceeds of the concert to be held in Istanbul will be donated to the İKSV Instrument Support Fund, initiated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), to provide instruments for students and music teachers who are studying or teaching in the music departments of fine arts high schools and conservatories in 11 cities affected by the earthquakes and whose instruments were damaged or lost in the earthquakes.

Founded in 1976, the Metz - Grand Est National Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the Arsenal in Metz, performs approximately 85 concerts every year with its 72 musicians in its home region of Grand Est, as well as throughout France and in different countries around the world under the artistic and musical direction of David Reiland. The ensemble is the ‘national orchestra of the region’ and part of Cité Musicale-Metz, an ambitious music and dance project that appeals to a broad audience.

David Reiland has been the artistic and musical director of Orchestre National de Metz Grand Est since 2018. He is known for his extraordinary concert programmes that blend contemporary music with the rediscovered works of forgotten composers. Reiland has been the Music Director of the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra between 2012-2018 and the music and artistic director of the Korean National Symphony Orchestra since 2021, in addition to his position at the Metz Grand-Est National Orchestra, which he will continue until 2024. Reiland, who is the 1st guest conductor of Sinfonietta Lausanne and Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestras, is in constant collaboration with many distinguished orchestras such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, Capitole de Toulouse National Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Munich, Berlin Radio Orchestras, and has conducted operas at Seoul, Geneva, Antwerp, Leipzig and Berlin Operas.

Murat Cem Orhan, who will participate in the concert as the guest conductor, completed his undergraduate education at Dokuz Eylül University State Conservatory’s opera/singing department and his master’s degree at Istanbul University State Conservatory and Brooklyn College of Music in New York, USA. Afterwards, he became a graduate student in Antonio Pirolli’s Orchestral Conducting class at Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, Department of Composition and Orchestral Conducting. In 2018, he was one of the eight finalists in the 4th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition held in Paris. Working regularly with all State Symphony Orchestras and State Operas in Turkey, Orhan conducted Fazıl Say’s works with Heidelberg Sinfonietta in 2015. He has won the first prize twice consecutively in the 8th and 9th Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı National Composition Competition, and was elected the General Artistic Director of Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall last year. He continues his career as a composer and conductor.

Can Çakmur, the concert’s soloist, received the First Prize at the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018 and the Scotland International Piano Competition in 2017. Throughout his career, he has performed in many prestigious concert halls and festivals, such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Glasgow Concert Hall, Eindhoven Muziekgebouw, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. He was the opening concert soloist of the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival. The international press highly praised Çakmur’s recordings for BIS Records. He has also achieved a first in history by winning two consecutive International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) for ‘Solo Recording of the Year’ (2019) and ‘Young Artist of the Year’ (2020). Having recently performed the Japanese premiere of Thomas Ades’ ‘In Seven Days’ with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Can Çakmur received great acclaim for the closing concerts of Festa Summer MUZA with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Can Çakmur’s awards include the Donizetti ‘Young Musician of the Year’, Weimar Franz Liszt University DAAD Award and İKSV Aydın Gün Encouragement Award. He is currently on the Güher-Süher Pekinel Young Musicians on World Stages scholarship programme.


General sales begin on Thursday, 25 May, at 10.30. İKSV box office is open every day between 10.00-18.00, except Sundays.


Tickets can be purchased through passo.com.tr/en and Passo Mobile app by creating an account or at İKSV box office. You can enter the events by presenting your PDF ticket, which is sent to your e-mail address and also stored under 'my tickets' section of your profile page at the Passo website. Service fee is included in ticket prices.


Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets can be purchased from all Passo counters and passo.com.tr by creating a membership. To purchase tickets, “eczacibasigencbilet” must be written in the code field on the campaign screen. Youth Tickets cannot be purchased through Passo Mobile app.

Depending on the quota of each event, a limited number of Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets will be on sale. Only one Eczacıbaşı Youth Ticket can be purchased at a time. In seated events, a special sitting section is created for this category. In standing activities, unless otherwise stated, regular and student ticket holders will be mixed.

The student status of the audience with Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets will be checked at the venue entrances before the events. In order to enter the event, students must show their valid student ID or a formal student document retrieved from E-Devlet (E-Government) for Turkish citizens. Istanbul Card is invalid. Student IDs of students studying abroad are valid.

If a valid student ID cannot be shown, the ticket holder will be directed to the box office to purchase a difference ticket. The difference will be the amount between the lowest general sales category and the student ticket. In case of being late to the event due to the waiting time that may occur while purchasing the difference ticket, the responsibility belongs to the audience, and the ticket will not be refunded in any way. Tickets will not be refunded to those who cannot present valid student documents and refuse to buy a difference ticket.

There is no age limit for Eczacıbaşı Youth Ticket. Each event has its own age limit for entry. We kindly ask you to check the age limit before purchasing a ticket.


Priority sales for Tulip Card members begin at 10.30 on 24 May for Black and White Tulip, and at 14:30 on 24 May for Red Tulip Card members. During the period of priority sales, Tulip Card members can purchase their tickets through passo.com.tr/en, Passo Mobil app, and at İKSV box office (between 10.00-18.00).

The proceeds of this concert, which will be organised for the benefit of the İKSV Instrument Support Fund for the earthquake region, will be fully allocated to the fund and therefore no Tulip Card discount will be applied.

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Due to security at our concerts, please make sure to arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the concert and not to carry anything larger than a handbag. Please note that suitcases and large backpacks will not be admitted either in the venue or the cloakroom.

Last minute changes in the festival programme can occur due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Please visit our website for the up-to-date programme.


LATECOMERS Latecomers are allowed to enter the halls only during the first applause. Those who miss this chance must wait until the interval. In concerts without interval, latecomers won’t be allowed to enter the hall and will not be refunded.

RECORDERS Any visual or audio recording, using handy-cam, camera, mobile phone or any other type of recording device during the concert is not allowed.

PARENTS AND CHILDREN Parents are asked not to bring their children under seven to the concerts. Children of seven years old and older need tickets for entrance.

TICKET RETURN OR CHANGE Purchased tickets cannot be changed or returned unless the concert is cancelled or its date is changed. In such cases, requests should be made before the announced date.

Only one campaign and/or sales discount can be applied to each ticket.

VENUE CHANGES Venue changes may occur due to reasons beyond control. The festival authority shall re-arrange the new sitting order according to seat numbers on the tickets, providing the audience with the closest sitting positions. Tickets cannot be returned for reason of venue change.

PROGRAMME CHANGES Changes in the concert programme may occur due to reasons beyond control. Tickets cannot be returned for reason of programme change.

HEALTH SERVICES All concert venues shall be provided with a paramedical team and an ambulance.