This April 3 marks the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Bilkent University’s beloved founder, Prof. İhsan Doğramacı. Each year, Bilkent celebrates Prof. Doğramacı’s birthday as Bilkent Day, honoring his memory with deepest respect and affection.
This year, Bilkent Day will include two main events: the Bilkent Day Conference and a celebratory concert by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.
The 2017 Bilkent Day Conference will take place on Monday, April 3, at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts building.
The program will start at 3 p.m. with opening remarks by Rector Abdullah Atalar and continue with a talk by Prof. Tayfun Özçelik, dean of the Faculty of Science. Following this, Prof. İlker Baybars, member of the Bilkent University Board of Trustees, will deliver a speech. Simultaneous Turkish-to-English interpretation will be provided.
On the evening of April 3, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert under the baton of Gürer Aykal, with soloist Gülsin Onay (piano). The performance will take place in the Bilkent Concert Hall at 8 p.m., with a program consisting of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Tarcan’s Orchestra Suite No. 3 and Borodin’s Symphony No. 3.