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Joshua Bell opens 30th International Izmir Festival / Hurriyet Daily News

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The International İzmir Festival, which has been bringing top composers and performers to the Aegean port city for the last 30 years, opened to a full house on May 17 with a concert by violinist Joshua Bell. Bell, one of world's best living violinists who recently participated in a project by the Washington Post to show that people could find good music anywhere, including the subway, seems an apt choice for a festival that has taken music to unlikely locations for the last 30 years. The festival has brought Baroque Cantatas to the Celsus Library in Ephesus; the Berlin Philharmonic to the excavation center in Kadifekale  and Jose Carreras to the ancient theater of Ephesus. Inviting a steady stream of celebrities from Kiri Te Kanawa to Tanita Tikaram, Mikhail Baryshnikov to Elton John, the festival makes use of city squares, excavation centers in İzmir's impoverished districts, the heart of city's Culture Park and, of course, the sumptuous Ephesus.

 
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