Music on Fire – Ateş & Diva – celebrating Halloween with children for Children with Leukemia and Cancer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
when he sang a song from Aladdin, we had Can Gazi from BRT step in as the
genie; what a nice surprise.
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.
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.
concert ended with Demetra singing a theme from Exodus and MEMLEKETIM which was
so well received from the audience.
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.