9/24/11 Saturday Oktoberfest

Come celebrate like a Bavarian at New York’s Annual Oktoberfest on the Hudson to commemorate the first day of Germany’s Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, September 24th

This event will transform World Yacht’s Pier 81 into a Beer Garden on the Hudson with Paulaner German beers.

The party will be filled with fearless repertoire that includes polka favorites, pop and rock gone polka, and unforgettable originals from The Polka Brothers along with German-American dancers Schlierachtler Stamm.

Date: September 24,2011

Time: 12:00-4:30PM

Location: Pier 81 W 41st Street & the Hudson River

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Andrea Bocelli's Central Park Concert update

Do you believe in magic? If you are in New York, maybe you should... Tonight was one of those magical moments with the exception of the rain and the wind, of course.

The concert was free but you needed a ticket to get in and guess what, I did not have one but that did not stop me going to the park. I took the uptown train and got off at 72nd Street on Upper West Side. There were thousands of people in line and the staff were telling people to prepare their tickets for scanning.. I did not know what to do, no tickets to show, no umbrella to protect me from the rain.. just a hope.. and the guy in front me started talking to me and next minute I saw he was handing me his concert ticket and his raincoat.. I could not believe it. I did not know what to say then I told him I just needed a ticket and he told me that it is going to be rainy and cold evening and I might appreciate later to have his raincoat and he just took off.... just like that. That reminded me the book by Thisbe Nissen "Good people of New York".

The concert was amazing.. Andrea Bocelli was accompanied by Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Eugene Cohen, trumpeter Chris Botti, pianist David Foster, flutist Andrea Griminelli, violinist Nicola Benedetti and more importantly our very own, New York Philharmonic.

The rain stopped just in time, so we could enjoy this spectacular concert.

He sang four songs in English which is a first for his concerts. He sang some of the famous movie songs , then a special song written for Elizabeth Taylor "Prayer" duet with Celine Dion, Riz Ortolani’s “More”, "Time to say Goodbye", "New York, New York" duet with Tony Bennett, "Nessum Dorma", "Volare", "Funiculi Funicula", "La Donna e Mobile", "Amazing Grace".

Thanks to Andrea Bocelli.
Thanks to NY Philharmonic
Thanks to Central Park

for making this concert available for all New Yorkers.

Special thanks to the anonymous gentleman who gave me his ticket & raincoat :-)

Andrea Bocelli's FREE concert in Central Park tonight!!!!

Once in a lifetime FREE concert presenting Andrea Bocelli, Live in Central Park The Great Lawn, tonight at 07:00 PM.

This GREAT concert of Andrea Bocelli and the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert on stage tonight in Central Park's Great Lawn. Joining Andrea on stage this memorable night will be Céline Dion, Tony Bennett, Chris Botti and David Foster. Sopranos Ana María Martínez and Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, bass baritone Bryn Terfel and flutist Andrea Griminelli will also be part of this spectacular evening, along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Joe Miller, director.

Internationally acclaimed tenor Andrea Bocelli will perform a free concert on Central Park’s Great Lawn, tonight, Thursday, September 15th with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by its music director Alan Gilbert, as a special gift to New York City (tickets required for entry).

This spectacular evening will be recorded in high definition by Thirteen for WNET for a national PBS broadcast on Great Performances in late fall 2011.

ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK will also be released on CD and DVD by Sugar/Decca this November.

The concert is free, but tickets are still required.




Here is a quote from Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi in english and turkish translation:

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

“Senin görevin aşkı aramak değil, sadece aşkla arana koyduğun bariyerleri ortadan kaldırmaktı”
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The American Turkish Society is proud to present the inaugural class of YOUNG SOCIETY LEADERS.

The Young Society leaders is a group of accomplished professionals from the fields of business, law, medicine, journalism, academia and the arts, with a demonstrated record of leadership ability and commitment to serve the U.S.-Turkish society at large. This new initiative aims to nurture the next generation leaders and to positively impact issues that matter to American-Turkish Community.

About the Young Society Leaders

Press Release (English/Turkish)

List of 2011 Young Society Leaders



Pınar Abay, Incoming CEO, ING Bank Türkiye (Turkey)

Daron Acemoğlu, Professor of Economics, MIT (USA)

Haluk Akakçe, Artist (USA/Turkey)

Ersin Akarlılar, CEO, Mavi Jeans (Turkey)

Murat Aktıhanoğlu, Founder and Managing Director, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (USA)

Cenk Angın, CEO, GittiGidiyor (Turkey)

Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, Columnist, Milliyet (Turkey)

Elif Bilgi Zapparoli, CEO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch -Turkey (Turkey)

Yıldız Blackstone, President, LUCA LUCA (USA)

Ian Bremmer, Founder, Eurasia Group (USA)

Eric Clurfain, CEO, MetLife Alico (Turkey)

Ramazan Demir, VP of Strategy and Business Development, Turk Telekom (Turkey)

Emre Demirel, Associate, Turkven Private Equity (Turkey)

Aslı Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Development Policy, Development Economics Vice Presidency, World Bank (USA)

Özlem Denizmen, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Dogus Holding (Turkey)

Serkan Elden, Managing Director, PineBridge Investments (Turkey)

Lexy Funk, CEO, Brooklyn Industries (USA)

Ayla Göksel, CEO, ACEV/Husnu Ozyegin Foundation (Turkey)

Lane Greene, Business Correspondent, The Economist (USA)

Mehmet Güvendi, Partner, McKinsey and Company (Turkey)

Gökhan Hotamışlıgil, James S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and Chair, Department of Genetics and Complex Disorders, Harvard University School of Public Health (USA)

Lyndsay Howard, President, PANGAEIA Group, LLC and Senior Advisor to the Chairman, International Bank of Azerbaijan (USA)

Ayşegül İldeniz, Regional Director - Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Intel (Turkey)

Güneş İlkgelen, Global Head, Insurance Group, Global Financial Markets, International Finance Corporation (USA)

Jay Karahan, Presiding Judge, Harris County Criminal Court-at-Law Number 8 (USA)

Aslı Karahan-Ay, Executive Director, UBS Investment Bank (USA)

Mehmet Kırdar, Vice President, Investment Professional, JP Morgan Securities LLC (USA)

Sedef Köktentürk, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs International (Turkey/UK)

Ferda Kolatan, Co-Founder, su11 architecture+design (USA)

Evren Kopelman, CPA, Director, Senior Research Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (USA)

Carl B. Kress, Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USA)

Ümit Kumcuoğlu, Member, Executive Board & CEO, Kare Yatirim (Turkey)

Daniel Lubetzky, CEO / Founder, KIND Healthy Snacks, KIND Movement, PeaceWorks, Inc. (USA)

Demet Mutlu, Founder & CEO, Trendyol.com (Turkey)

Kaan Nazlı, Director, Emerging Markets, Medley Global Advisors (USA)

Kıvanç Onan, Country Director, Turkey, Paypal (Turkey)

Seval Öz Özveren, Vice President of Business Development and Finance, Cuil (USA)

Murat Özyeğin, Member, Board of Directors, Head of Strategic Planning and Business Development, Fiba Group (Turkey)

Ahu Özyurt, Editor/Anchor, CNN Turk (Turkey)

Melek Pulatkonak, Developer Platform Evangelism Lead, Microsoft Turkey (Turkey)

Anthony Richter, Associate Director, Open Society Institute (USA)

Sefa Sağlam, Director of Exhibitions/Registrar, Neue Galerie New York (USA)

Ege Tanor, Entrepreneur/Financier (USA)

Sıtkı Timuçin, Partner, End-to-End Analytics (USA)

Heidi Ueberroth, President, NBA International, National Basketball Association (USA)

Hamdi Ulukaya, President & Founder, Agro Farma Inc./ Chobani Yogurt (USA)

Cenk Uygur, Host, The Young Turks (USA)

Joshua Walker, Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States (USA)

Ayşe Yüksel, Esq., Managing Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (USA)

Leila Zubi, Esq., Partner, Zubi & Rosner LLP (USA)


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