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Ankara Welcomes a Truly World-Class Music Venue

The sudden Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) may have left many Malaysians in shock, wondering when will crossing borders locally and internationally be possible again, but fret not fellow travellers! The pandemic may have delayed travelling plans for many wanderlusters, but for those eagerly waiting to explore the marvels in both the architectural beauty and culture of Turkey, rest assured Turkey will still be there waiting with open arms to welcome Malaysians safely again, and this time with a new tourist attraction that Malaysians can add to their list of “must-visits” in Turkey – The Presidential Symphony Orchestra Hall. 

Set in Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, the state-of-the-art concert hall will become a new cultural hub for lovers of music and fine arts. The much-anticipated launch of this illustrious building will kick-off with a grand gala event on October 29 and 30 coinciding with Turkey’s Republic Day, a national day of celebration. 

The eye-catching concert hall is set in the heart of Ankara, between Ankara Castle and historic monument, Anıtkabir. The cutting-edge site has been created at a cost of approximately 83 million Euros and will now house the prestigious Presidential Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras in the world. 

The Presidential Symphony Orchestra Hall will bring new and established artists and musicians to the forefront. The new venue will welcome world-renowned soprano, Angela Gheorghiu and one of the world’s most well-known piano duos, twin sisters Güher and Süher Pekinel. The Symphony will be led by Cemi’i Can Deliorman, one of the most sought-after and highly acclaimed conductors of the younger generation.

A cultural and musical hub, the venue will host spectacular live music in its ‘Great Hall’, seating over 2,000 guests, the ‘Blue Hall’, seating 500 seats, and the ‘Historical CSO Hall’, seating 600. It will also be home to a number of restaurants, museums and open-air areas – making it the perfect meeting spot for art and music lovers alike.

Honouring tradition while embracing the future

The Presidential Symphony Orchestra was one of the world’s first orchestras and is still one of the finest. Steeped in history, Turkey’s flagship orchestra was founded nearly two hundred years ago in 1826 and has worked with some of the world’s leading musical talents.

The artistic director and conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Cemi’i Can Deliorman said, “The hall is magnificent with incredible acoustics. In our new home, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra can compete with the world’s leading orchestras and we look forward to many fabulous performances here.”

The world has not seen a contemporary orchestral building open its doors since the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie opened in 2017, as such the launch of this concert hall is highly anticipated by all. The building’s unique architecture is contemporary, yet classic. Its striking design, with two eye-catching glass domes set between a modern glass atrium, is set to look fresh and exciting for years to come. The cutting-edge building with its focus on culture and community will prove to be an asset to the global music scene.

Beautiful and built for function, the buildings acoustics were evaluated by acoustic world leaders, Professor W. Fasold together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics.

No doubt with the pandemic, many will still have lingering worries about travelling abroad. Understanding these worries, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey wants to assure that the wellbeing and peace of mind of its tourists are of top priority with its Healthy Tourism Certification programme. Be it the accommodation, transportation or even a tourist site, with this certification, it ensures that travellers to Turkey are able to wander the country in a safe and hygienic manner during their visit, and this Orchestra Hall on its own is an attraction not to be missed!

Until then, Malaysians who are eager to view the launch of the world-class venue accompanied by world-class performances, Suher-Guner and the soprano may do so at Turkey’s Ministry Facebook page. Details are as follows:

Facebook : 

Date : Friday, 30 October 2020 

Time : 1am (Malaysia Time)

For more information on Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office (Turkish Tourism), the Presidential Symphony Orchestra Hall and Turkey’s Healthy Tourism Certification programme please visit: 

Turkish Tourism’s Website:

Turkey’s Ministry Facebook: 

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