Fethiye Photo: Sunset Cello Recital At Çalış Beach

Yesterday evening was the beginning of a 3-day classical music festival in Fethiye in memory of cellist, Benyamin Sönmez. We’ll admit that until the posters went up around the whole area, we’d never heard of Benyamin Sönmez – and I’ve never much cared for classical music (though Barry’s been known to listen to it on occasion).

All the performances in Fethiye, Çalış and Ölüdeniz are free to attend, so we thought we’d wander on down to Çalış Beach yesterday to watch the sunset performance that was being given there. And, when you’ve got no expectations as to what’s coming…just beautiful! The famous Çalış Beach sunset features a lot on this site. It never disappoints, but when the sun goes down to a recital given by cellists from Mersin University, it’s just a little bit extra special…

Classical Music At Sunset, Calis Beach, Turkey

Classical music and sunset combination – perfect!

When the students arrived, apart from their crew and a smattering of curious onlookers (including us), there was nobody there to watch them. What a shame, we thought. However, ten minutes later, they were set up and playing.

It was impossible not to be captivated by the music and there was soon a large crowd.

And so, to those who organised this 3-day festival, hats off to you! Many of those who thought they didn’t like classical music will be converted (I’m a convert!) and the Fethiye Klasik Müzik Festivalı has got the town talking. This morning, we spoke to a couple of friends who went over to Ölüdeniz yesterday evening. The Ölüdeniz sunset isn’t bad and they watched the sun go down while two violinists gave a performance.

But it’s Fethiye Harbour where the main stage is situated. Last night, with the bay of Fethiye as the backdrop, the Anatolian Philharmonic Orchestra gave a free concert. We opted for the Çalış sunset performance because we’re going to go along to the Fethiye stage tomorrow night to watch the world-renowned Antalya Philharmonic Orchestra. And we can’t wait!

Fethiye Classical Music Festival – Further Information

  • The Fethiye Classical Music Festival is in memory of famous Turkish cellist, Benyamin Sönmez, who sadly died of a heart attack last year at the age of 28. He’s buried in Fethiye.
  • Sunset recitals will take place on Çalış Beach and Öludeniz Beach tonight and tomorrow night.
  • In Fethiye, there will be a cello recital at the Fethiye Kültür Merkezi (the big blue building on the harbour) this evening at 8:30pm. And, tomorrow evening, also at 8:30pm, Antalya Philharmonic Orchestra will play on the large stage that’s been erected on the harbour (the stage is on the seafront down from the maliye – tax office).
  • If you’re in any of these places, make sure you drop by to catch a bit of the festival. All events are free.

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  1. We are spoilt for choice in Turkey when it comes to classical concerts in spectacular settings

  2. @ BacktoBodrum: We’ve never been to one before but we really hope they do this classical festival every year in Fethiye. So good. Didn’t think we’d enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂

  3. What a fabulous idea and a great way to watch the sun set! All you need is an champagne…or an Efes!

  4. I was there and it was magic: a little girl dancing to the music, a sun that colored those lovely notes, four young musicians playing with talent and passion. What a good start for a great evening. We later stopped along the promenade and I was surprised to see so many peope sitting and waiting for the concert to start. We went to the Fish Market so I will wait to read your description of the other concert. Bravo Fethiye.

  5. @ Jenny: Well we were right by a restaurant where we often have the odd Efes so we celebrated with an Efes later. 🙂

    @ Suzanne: Yes, we’re hoping to go along to the performance on Fethiye harbour this evening. Really looking forward to it. We loved the little girl dancing in Çalış. 🙂

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