Heidi Trautmann

948: Music on Fire – Ateş & Diva – celebrating Halloween with children for Children in special need
10/29/2017

Music on Fire – Ateş & Diva – celebrating Halloween with children for Children with Leukemia and Cancer

By Heidi Trautmann

 

‘I will always sing for children, for all children in need, I give my voice for them…’ Demetra George Mustafaoğlu said after the concert in Bellapais.  Yes, she does and she did over the last years because she knows what they suffer.

Thank you on behalf of all of us for this lovely concert although you were not feeling well but you refused to leave the children and their concert alone, a concert which had taken some weeks to prepare.

Before the concert the children, clad in horror costumes mostly witches, wild pirates and skeletons, had had their own party in the Abbey and joyous noise welcomed us when we arrived for the concert. Many of them stayed on with their parents for the concert.

The concert ‘ATEŞ and DIVA with Peri Sualp’ is the third in a row. Nuri Harun Ateş, Countertenor, is from Izmir and he had always wanted to sing in the Abbey of Bellapais. They have become friends and have been touring with this programme. Peri Sualp is with her eleven years of age already a professional, she moves completely at ease and has the perfect voice for musicals. She has been working with her great friend Demetra for some years.

We did not see much of the other two musicians, Önder Cebeci on the piano and Muhareem Cemoğlu, violoncello, hidden behind the musical settings but we heard them in complete harmony with the voices. A silent acting addition was given by the charming dancer Evgenia Zhilskaya who accentuated the melodies sung with dance acting, very comical at times.

The musical programme was a very good mixture of baroque music, opera, musical, film and Walt Disney films. We heard the countertenor Ateş sing Merce Dilette Amiche from I vespri siciliani, Stile Amara from Tolomeo and Una Furtiva lagrima by Donizetti; Pieta Signore;  Habanera from Carmen. It is exciting to hear a male voice come close to soprano, what a treat.

And when he sang a song from Aladdin, we had Can Gazi from BRT step in as the genie; what a nice surprise.

Our beloved Demetra came in from the backdoor in a cloud of mist with ‘Music of the Night’ from the Phantom of the Opera; Memory from Cats was so sweetly accompanied by the dancer; Titanic and Summertime; I loved that song because Debbie there has this very special Southern dragging voice.

Sweet 11, but so sure of herself was Peri whom I had heard before at the Rita Severis Concert perhaps two years ago. She brought melodies from Cinderella, The Candyman, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas.

The concert ended with Demetra singing a theme from Exodus and MEMLEKETIM which was so well received from the audience.

The six artists of the evening were thanked by the association for Children with Leukemia and Cancer for their contribution to make life easier for them.  Hatice Kerimgil led through the evening in Turkish and English. What a wonderful evening. Kids and parents had a fantastic party, some of the kids had fallen asleep during the concert but when they went home it was with shining eyes. 


PS: I still want to mention the costumes, they were perfect, it made the image of fantasy, music world and its emotions complete. 


Full house
Full house


Chris Elliot of Cyprusscene ready with his camera
Chris Elliot of Cyprusscene ready with his camera


Hatice Kerimgil leading through the programme
Hatice Kerimgil leading through the programme


Evgenia Zhilskaya with the Pirate Dance
Evgenia Zhilskaya with the Pirate Dance


Önder Cebeci on the piano
Önder Cebeci on the piano





Nuri Harun Ateş
Nuri Harun Ateş


Peri Sualp as Cinderella
Peri Sualp as Cinderella


First came the smoke...
First came the smoke...


...then came Demetra
...then came Demetra











Memory from Cats
Memory from Cats





Peri and Evgenia
Peri and Evgenia




















Peri as the Mermaid
Peri as the Mermaid


Aladdin
Aladdin


Can Gazi as the Genie
Can Gazi as the Genie








Pocahontas
Pocahontas





















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