By Peri Sualp….
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From Peri Sualp…..
By Chris Elliott …
Great news readers, as we have just received news from our friend Demetra George Mustafaoğlu regarding her fund raising event “Concerts Without Borders Presents “BEYOND” which is to be held in Bellapais Abbey on Sunday 11th November starting at 18.00pm in aid of the SOS Children’s Village, Lefkosa.
Stop Press………….. “BEYOND Opera & Broadway” is coming to Bellapais Abbey.
By Chris Elliott…….
By Chris Elliott……..
Margaret Sheard and I having to travel to the UK for a funeral were sadly unable to attend the Concerts Without Borders event MUSIC FIT FOR A QUEEN at the CVAR Centre, Nicosia which was a fine show of cultural sharing of music and song in order to help preserve this fine collection of Cyprus Heritage.
We are delighted to have received a further review and photographs of this wonderful occasion which we are sharing below.
A more perfect night in Nicosia you couldn’t ask for. A bright moon, balmy air, a breeze that eventually picked up on the lovely rooftop of CVAR, Center of Visual Arts and Research on Ermou Street.
CONCERTS WITHOUT BORDERS presented MUSIC FIT FOR A QUEEN starring a brilliant cast of 4 women and a junior diva. The queen being honored was Catherine Cornaro the last Queen of Cyprus who was forced to abdicate.
A most magnificent room is dedicated to her story in this little known gem of Greek and Turkish Cypriot art gathered by Dr. RIta and Costas Severis. The Concert Without Borders team decided it needed greater recognition and united in this endeavor. They have now become extended family!
The well-known Greek Cypriot soprano Lenia Kallis opened the concert in her sexy black gown and treated the audience to the Queen’s Aria from Donizetti’s opera Caterina Cornaro, Carmen’s Habanera in her antique red rose shawl, and her LA Academia award winning song En Aranguez Con Tu Amor.
Then Demetra George Mustafaoglu, Grammy List Nominee from Oklahoma in a satin long black coat, shared a quick version of the Traviata drinking song to make sure everyone was enjoying the lovely wine donated by Eliadis Limited. Then she revealed a gorgeous backless black and silver gown and grabbed a white boa and headed across the balcony playing mouse with the audience as she sang Musetta’s Waltz from La Boheme, moved center to portray Cio Cio San from Madama Butterfly and after, grabbed her tambourine to sing Meine Lippen from Lehar’s Giuditta.
As the wind picked up and papers flew on the wind, Lenia returned in her gorgeous white gown to spoil the audience with Schubert art song Standchen, the Gershwin Summertime, and Cole Porter trio of C’est Magnifique, I Love Paris and Wunderbar.
The group gave great thanks to the artist who by now had fought the wind off. Demetra returned and took a seat for Memory from Cats, Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and a chilling Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from Evita as she pushed hair aside and the appreciative audience didn’t seem to care and Demetra’s songs were the hit of the night!
The junior diva now made an appearance! Attired in lace like a beautiful fairy, the true meaning of her name, Peri Sualp Bektasoglu was introduced by her teacher, Demetra and offered the group musical theater favorites of Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables, donned a crown of sea shells as she presented Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid, and threw on her sailor hat to belt out Honey Bun from South Pacific. A burst of applause ensued and Demetra escorted Peri into the crowd to use a mini stage to offer My Favorite Things from The Sound Of Music dedicated to the original Liesl who passed away that day. They couldn’t stop cheering for this darling ten year old and wanted more! She was thrilled and even remembered her bows!
Next wonderful Greek mezzo soprano Katie Economidou who received the US State Department Cultural Diplomacy award last year alongside Demetra wowed the audience in her hot red gown to Greek and Turkish sing along songs. She even called Peri to the stage unplanned to join her in a song that had Greek and Turkish words as a little duet! Katie offered the Livaneli Kardesin Duymaz, My Stars, My Moon and Margarita by Theodorakis, and Do Not Ask the Sky by Hatzidakis! She spoke of unity in Cyprus and a bright future for all and how events like this can bring people together through music which she has been participating in for many years and hopes to continue to do.
Katie introduced the magnificent accompanist Agni Sacca clad in a lovely flowered long blue gown and begged her to share her amazing piano talents. She wowed the crowd with Chopin and they yelled for more. So, the three women shared Time To Say Goodbye with many of the guests joining in as they bid the audience adieu. The guests responded with an immediate standing lasting ovation that truly surprised the cast who offered no encores but promised to appear together again. So stay tuned for more magnificent music making from these 5 ladies!
Dr Rita Severis, Katie Economidou, Demetra George Mustafaoglu, Lenia Kallis , Agni Sacca
Demetra George Mustafaoglu and Peri Sualp Bektasoglu
By Mary Watson……
Little Society of Kyrenia……
If you want a fun day, there is nothing quite like the surprise of Father Christmas with a sack full of toys.
And this is what happened on Monday 28th December 2015 for 31 children from the Lefkosa Special Needs School. Thanks to a donation from Demetra George Mustafoglu and her team, who raised funds at their recent “Concert Without Borders” event, the children enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Ezic Premier Restaurant together with their parents and siblings. Lunch was followed by a few games and then the whole group set off for the Ada Hotel where they spent the night. For children who have few treats in their lives, this was something special.
But, there is no doubt, that a visit from Father Christmas was the highlight of their day. Although Christmas is celebrated more by expatriots in Northern Cyprus the local children were really excited by this funny man in the odd clothes and they wanted to sit on his lap and have their photos taken, and they loved the presents.
All of this is thanks to Starling Supermarkets who supplied the toys. In November they approached the Little Society of Kyrenia and offered to give toys to children who would really appreciate them.
LSOK immediately decided on Special Needs Schools and in the next few days we will be delivering more toys to the Special Needs Schools in Girne, Ziyamet and Yesilyurt. It will be great to see the smiles on their faces as they collect their gifts.
Figen Rasmussen front centre (Concert Without Borders group) with Father Christmas the children and their parents and helpers.
By Chris Elliott…….
For as long as cyprusscene.com has been functioning, we have followed and reported where we can on the activities of those very kind people who become involved in events to help charities and those in need so that our readers can be aware and perhaps also go the extra mile to make the effort to help others.
It was a real shock and a very touching moment for me recently when I was with the organisers of the Villa Diva Halloween Happening and also Concerts Without Borders when Demetra George Mustafaoğlu, Figen Rasmussen and Hatice Kerimgil turned to me at a recent event and to my shock and surprise, they presented me with a token of their gratitude for helping promote their events.
Like many other people, I do not even think about gaining recognition for the time and effort that cyprusscene.com takes to help promote the efforts of those who are working far harder than we, to achieve their goal of helping others.
May I say thank you for your recognition and I hope through our efforts many others will want to help you with your quest and attend your very worthy events in support of helping The Nicosia Centre for Children with Special Needs (Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim Merkezi and The Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim ve Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim ve İş Merkezi.
The three recipients of the first ever U.S. State Department’s Cultural Diplomacy award in Cyprus will appear in an exciting event entitled ‘CONCERTS WITHOUT BORDERS‘ at the Bedesten in Central Nicosia!
US. Soprano and Grammy Nominee Demetra George Mustafoglu, Pianist Fikri Toros and Mezzo Soprano Katie Economidou will share the stage for the first time since the award was made in May 2015.
The evening will offer classical, opera, art song, Broadway, and folk music with quite a few surprises thrown in. The supporting cast will consist of Maestro, Rauf Kasimov, flutist Burak Besir and violinist Marios Pavlou .
For a night with a difference cocktails will be served at 19:30 from the wonderful nearby Saraba restaurant and wine will be provided by Starling Markets.
The music will begin at 20:15. Afterwards you will have the chance to come and greet the performers and have your photos taken with the artists.
Don’t forget to bring your iPhone or cameras. You will want to record this history making night!
Proceeds from this night, which has been supported by The Little Society Of Kyrenia and Living Magazine and Fraser Meridies Ltd will go to the The Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim Merkezi and The Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim ve Lefkoşa Özel Eğitim ve İş Merkezi (Centers for Children with Special Needs in Nicosia).
Entrance is by donation of 35TL and invitations are available at Deniz Plaza, from the artists, or at the door.
Watch for more dates of upcoming ‘CONCERTS WITHOUT BORDERS’!