The Apricot Tree Annual Gala took place on November 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. Light of Anatolia Apricot Tree Annual Gala hosted over two hundred guests in celebrating the shared musical heritage of Armenian and Turkish cultures. The performances of Ms. Narine Balikjian and Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo brought together these two cultures and emphasized the universal role of music.
Valentine’s Day Recital
Light of Anatolia Apricot Tree hosted a Valentine’s Day Recital at Pierre’s Fine Pianos in Los Angeles, CA to share our passion for music. Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo, founder and CEO of Light of Anatolia Apricot Tree performed pieces from Edgar Manas- Danse Populaire Turque and Franz Liszt- Grand Paraphrase sur la Mecidiye Marche de G. Donizetti.
Light of Anatolia Apricot Tree partnered with the Unimpeded Life Foundation to fundraise wheelchairs for the disabled in Turkey. Popular Turkish singer Yılmaz Morgül and Armenian-American singer Narine Balikjian performed at the Los Angeles based charity fundraiser. More than two hundred guests enjoyed the charity fundraiser.
The Story of Lina Amato-Irvine
Our inaugural screening of The Story of Lina Amato took place on May 13, 2019 at University of California Irvine. Together with our community partners The Jewish Federation of Orange County The Rose Project, OC Hillel, Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles, Yunus Emre Cultural Institute we hosted the Irvine Jewish and Turkish community for a film screening. Following the film, the guests enjoyed a variety of Sephardic dishes.
The Story of Lina Amato-Temple Beth Am
Our second film screening of The Story of Lina Amato was on September 9, 2019 at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Together with our community partners Temple Beth Am,Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles, Yunus Emre Cultural Institute and Turkish-Israeli Civil Society Forum we hosted the Los Angeles Jewish and Turkish communities. New York based cellist Ms. Ceren Türkmenler’s concert was followed by the film screening and Sephardic dinner.
Concert and Film Screening-Temple Emanuel
Light of Anatolia Apricot Tree and its community partners Yunus Emre Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles hosted a concert and film screening at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills. Los Angeles Jewish Orchestra Concertmaster Mark Kashper and pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo performed Schindler’s Theme, Ernest Bloch’s Nigun, Ahmet Adnan Saygun’s Suite Horon. Concert was dedicated to World Renowned Pianist Vitaly Margulis.
Unknown Heroes Of The Holocaust: From Far East To Middle East
LOA/Apricot Tree, American Jewish University Choir and Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel (STTI) hosted Unknown Heroes of the Holocaust: From Far East to Middle East’ on January 26, 2020. The inaugural event of LOA/Apricot tREE Jewish Heritage Year featured Maftirim: Turkish-Sephardic Synagogue hymns with Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar Gatenyo on the piano, and Sephardic songs performed by the American Jewish University Choir with Dr. Noreen Green. The program also included conversation on Righteous Gentiles by Ms. Noriko Toyoda, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, Honorable Can Oğuz, Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Los Angeles and Mr. Orkhan Rustamli, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan.