Jun 21 Fri

Nowruz Concert: Unity for Freedom

Sunday, March 26 2023

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Concert Timings:
March 26, 2023, 7:00 pm

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Featuring Kayhan Kalhor

Pacific Symphony in collaboration with Farhang Foundation welcomes Grammy-nominated musician and composer Kayhan Kalhor to the stage as the headliner for our annual Nowruz celebration. Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), who has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music around the world. A native of Iran, born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah, he was a musical prodigy who travelled Iran to perform and explore the music of its many regions.

The festive program also features vocalists Sussan Deyhim and Azam Ali as well as dance by Tara Ghassemieh. Music Director Carl St.Clair shares the podium with guest conductor Shardad Rohani.

A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the rebirth of nature and wash away the past. Celebrate the Iranian New Year with Pacific Symphony!

SHARDAD ROHANI: Dances of Spring
AHMAD PEJMAN, Lyrics by Loga Ramin Torkian: Bid-e-Majnoon (Weeping Willow)
     Azam Ali
IRANIAN FOLK SONG, Arranged by Ahmad Pejman and Elbert Liu: Gole Pamchal
     Azam Ali
CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: The Carnival of the Animals, XIII. “The Swan”
     Tara Ghassemieh
MAJID VAFĀDĀR, Lyrics by Haydar Reqābi, Arranged by Arshid Azarine, Orchestral Arrangement by Brian Swartz: Marabeboos (Kiss Me)
    Sussan Deyhim
SHERVIN HAJIPOUR, Orchestral Arrangement by John Leftwich: Baraye
     Sussan Deyhim
AKBAR MOHSENI, Lyrics by Karim Fakur, Arranged by Sussan Deyhim & John Leftwich, Orchestral Arrangement by John Leftwich: Elaheye Naz (Angel of Grace)
     Sussan Deyhim
- Intermission -
JOHANN STRAUSS II: Overture to Die Fledermaus
   Shardad Rohani, conductor
    Kayhan Kalhor
KAYHAN KALHOR: Blue as the Turquoise Night
  Kayhan Kalhor

Download Program Notes

Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh
Sussan Deyhim, Vocalist
Azam Ali, Vocalist

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Pre-concert festivities in the lobby from 6-6:45 p.m. with traditional musicians and a Haft-Sin display.

Image magnification (IMAG): During the performance, close-ups of the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest artists will be projected onto the big screen above the orchestra.

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