"For Your Love" Concert in Los Angeles
Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) USA Cultural Center held a concert called “For Your Love” at the American Jewish University of Los Angeles in order to promote Turkish culture in the USA through music.
The concert, organized at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, featured works in Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and English. The gala program, in which the works of Sufi and Folk Poet Yunus Emre, “Gel Gör Beni Aşk Neyledi’’ and "Bana Seni Gerek Seni’’ were adapted for the symphony orchestra, was prepared with 2022 Grammy Music Award-winning composer Sharon Farber's piece "Aşkına".
In the Aşkına Concert, works in four languages were performed with Eastern and Western instruments, drawing attention to the cultural richness of Anatolia.
World-famous Turkish ney virtuoso Ömer Faruk Tekbilek performed at the concert, and a whirling dervish show was also performed. The concert, which was organized to make a positive contribution to Turkish-American relations and to better introduce Turkish culture to the American society, also aimed to strengthen the ties with Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and African communities living in Los Angeles.
As part of the concert, a donation campaign was organized for Ukrainian children affected by the war in cooperation with UNICEF. In his statement about the concert, YEI President Prof. Şeref Ateş stated that it is of great importance to express through music the common cultural and human values of the peoples who immigrated from Anatolia to America. Noting that the main goal is to come together and reach out to people of different ethnicities and religions who migrated from Anatolia to the USA, Prof. Ateş added, "In this way, we want to express Yunus' understanding of peace, love, fellowship and tolerance both here in this concert and in other countries."
Pointing out that the Aşkına Concert was organized as part of the 700th anniversary of Yunus Emre's passing, Ateş expressed that they aimed to express the peaceful coexistence of humanity through instruments.
He continued, "Many guests from different communities in Los Angeles attended the concert. The proceeds of the concert were donated to UNICEF and the children victimized in the Russo-Ukrainian war. Therefore, we can say that it was a very successful concert."