By ANNE CANALP
The Swiss orchestra will be joined by a 230-strong joint choir composed of the Nüremberg-based Concertchorus LGV and Philharmonic Chorus and the Austrian NowaCanto Chorus with the participation of the Girne-based Cyprus Art Choir.
Cyprus Art founder and honorary cultural attaché to Germany Turgay Hilmi joined forces with Gazimağusa Municipality to organise the two 9pm performances on Thursday and Friday, August 3 and 4.
The programme opens with the final movement of the 9th Symphony, Beethoven's musical representation of universal brotherhood based on the poem Ode to Joy, by German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller.
One of Beethoven's most famous symphonies, it featured in the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's controversial film Clockwork Orange.
Soloists include Turkish Cypriot pianist Eser Öktem, soprano Judith Graf, mezzo-soprano Christine Mittermeier, tenor Michael Novak and bass Markus Simon.
Mr Hilmi will also conduct the concert along with Tarmo Vaask, Martin Lukas Meister and Murat Üstün.
The night of classics is set to continue with the unique folksong compositions of Turkish Cypriot composer Kamran Aziz and Gershwin favourites Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess.
Both events will raise funds for the town's special education centre and the Cyprus Turkish Orthopaedic Disabled Association.
Orchestra directors Fabio Haufler and Elena Steinrisser visited the island to meet with the organisers last month.
The Turkish Cypriot musician and teacher, who has been based in North Cyprus and in Nüremberg since he left the island in the 1980s, has previously organised a Salamis performance of Verdi's opera Othello, and performances of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
A member of the Rotary Club, he also fundraises to provide regular donations of wheelchairs for the North Cyprus community and for other charitable projects.
Tickets are priced at 40TL from Cyprus Art, Gazimağusa Municipality or Deniz Plaza bookshops, and more information may be obtained by phoning Cyprus Art on (0392) 815 0039.
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