A Tempo: Greeting Spring Through Iranian Musical Traditions

Mar 7, 2019

Pacific Symphony will be led by its Music Director, Carl St. Clair, as well as guest conductor and pianist Shardad Rohani, at a concert marking Nowruz, the Persian New Year, March 24. The concert is the orchestra's latest effort to explore different cultural traditions, such as the Lunar New Year, for its diverse audiences.

Irvine, California-based Pacific Symphony is exploring an Iranian musical tradition that it hopes to make an annual part of its season, part of its on-going efforts to offer engaging programs for audiences in its diverse community. The orchestra is partnering with the Los Angeles-based Farhang Foundation for a March 24 concert celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in a program including classical Iranian music and performers as well as works by Khachaturian and Dvorak, and this Saturday (3/9 at 7 pm) on A Tempo, host Rachel Katz will speak with Pacific Symphony President John Forsyte and Farhang Executive Director Alireza Ardekani about the concert, and also about Farhang's Nowruz March 10 festival at UCLA that will feature a concert by Parisa, considered the "Grand Dame" of Iranian classical music.

Iranian singer Parisa will perform at Farhang's Nowruz celebration in Los Angeles this month.
Credit Courtesy of the Farhang Foundation