OPENING SPEECH FOR TURKISH CONCERT

Ahmet Demirok 18.04.2016
Your Excellencies,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I warmly welcome you all tonight at this very special occasion. We are all excited to witness in a few minutes the performance of one of the oldest symphony orchestrates of the world. Having its roots at mid 19th century, Turkish Presidential Symphony Orchestra reflects an important aspect of the history of modern Turkey.

Dear Guests,

I believe culture is a significant area of Turkish-Qatari relations. With this understanding, we announced and celebrated 2015 as the Year of Culture between Turkey and Qatar. We have carried out some 40 events last year.

Throughout the cultural year, we would like to leave a notable impression by displaying a small but an effective part of historical and traditional aspects of Turkish culture. This year, we would like to highlight the modern aspects of our culture.
I know you cannot wait to watch the concert but let me take a few more seconds to pay tribute to our sponsors.

I would like to thank Katara in the first place for hosting this event and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra for its kind support. Two prominent Turkish companies, STFA and Yapi Merkezi are tonight's main sponsors and I want to express our gratitude for their contribution. I also want to thank Qatar Music Academy for its contribution and Mr Özgür Mert Esen for investing in this initiative and actively supporting it.

Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the distinguished artists of Presidential Symphony Orchestra and Mr. Rengim Gökmen and Ms Gülsin Onay in particular for honoring us today.

I wish you have a great night.

Thank you

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09:00 - 16:00

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