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Nowruz: Iranian New Year

Nowruz: Iranian New Year

April 3, 7:00 p.m.Virtual Online Event

Co-Presented with Farhang Foundation

ARTISTS
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Melissa Shoshahi, host
Shardad Rohani, piano
Sohrab Pournazeri, tanbour
Lily Afshar, guitar
Sara Hamidi, soprano 
Dennis Kim, violin
Jennise Hwang, violin
John Acevedo, viola
Laszlo Mezo, cello
Michael Franz, bass
Pacific Symphony

Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, online with the Farhang Foundation and Pacific Symphony! A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the “rebirth of nature” and wash away the past. Guest artists include pianist and composer Shardad Rohani and Sohrab Pournazeri improvising on the tanbour from Tehran.

This performance will be available for FREE streaming through May 2.

Watch on YouTube or Facebook. Or just click the screen below.

Program includes
NOURI: Jaan-e-Maryam
     Lily Afshar, guitar
Improvisation from Tehran
     Sohrab Pournazeri, tanbour
ROHANI: Thoughts of the Past
     Shardad Rohani, piano
DVOŘÁK: Carnival Overture
     Pacific Symphony — Carl St.Clair, conductor
ROHANI: Dance of Spring
     Shardad Rohani, piano with members of Pacific Symphony

 

Symphony President & CEO John Forsyte and Music Director Carl St.Clair invite you to the concert:

Shardad Rohani

Guest Artist

Shardad Rohani

With an international reputation as a conductor and composer, Shardad Rohani is one of the most sought after, successful conductors on the music scene today. Educated at the Academy and Conservatory of Music in Vienna, Austria, Rohani has been the recipient of several important scholarships and awards both in Europe and United States. These include the A.K.M Scholarship, Vienna, Austria, and the ASCAP Scholarship, Los Angeles, California.

Sohrab Pournazeri

Guest Artist

Sohrab Pournazeri

Sohrab Pournazeri, virtuoso of the tanbour and the kamancheh, is a sensational phenomenon of modern Iranian music. He is a singer and instrumentalist whose music has surpassed the borders of Iran, fusing with cultures and artists as far and wide as China and the United States. His talent and courage have been acknowledged as extraordinary by no less than Mohammad Reza Shajarian, the great master of Iranian music.

Lily Afshar

Guest Artist

Lily Afshar

Lily Afshar is a virtuoso who brings passion to her performance. Acclaimed as "one of the world's foremost classical guitarists" according to Public Radio International,  her unique life story finds expression in her art. The Washington Post has described her onstage performance as "remarkable, impeccable." She is the only classical guitarist in the world who blends excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.

 

Sara Hamidi

Guest Artist

Sara Hamidi

Sara Hamidi is an opera and Persian traditional singer, born in 1987 in Isfahan. She holds a bachelor's degree in Opera Singing from the National Conservatory of Stanmore and Master of Music Studies from the Marcel Dupré Conservatory from Paris. She has collaborated with many Iranian music masters, including Hooman Khalatbari, Majid Derakhshani, Keivan Saket, Majid Khalaj and Ali Akbar Ghorbani. Hamidi has performed more than 80 concerts in Europe, North Africa and Canada.

Melissa Shoshahi

Guest Artist

Melissa Shoshahi

Melissa Shoshahi is an award-winning stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She tours all over the country and the world, bringing her witty personality to the stage, knowing no limits when it comes to comedy— culture, relationships, world views and race are all fair game. She was on WhoHaha's Top Female Comics of 2018, she has also been featured on Laughs on Fox, All Def Digital, Nickelodeon, Fusion TV, and has acted in a myriad of independent films. She also uses her platform to raise awareness about Epilepsy.