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Two prominent Iranian musicians to conduct symphonic orchestras

Tehran Symphonic Orchestra is scheduled to perform a concert in Tehran's Vahdat Music Hall on July 3-6, conducted by the renowned Iranian guest musician, Shahdad Rowhani, IRNA reported.

The international advisor of the music department of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Farzin Pirouzpey, told IRNA here on Tuesday that the performance will include several pieces such as Ahmad Pejman's `The Peasant Dance', Samuel Barber's `Adagio for String Instruments' and musical selections from Alexander Brodney and Rimsky Korsakov.

A special performance of the concert will be repeated on July 6 for the students and pupils majoring in music or with high interest in it.

Rowhani has been conducting a number of musical groups all across Europe, Asia and America for the past 25 years, such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Iranian musician was introduced to music by playing piano when he was five years old. Then he started playing violin, dulcimer, kamancheh and drum in the music school. He continued his musical studies in Austria and the US.

Pirouzpey added that Rowhani, who is visiting Tehran at the invitation of the Iranian Music Association, started working with Tehran Symphonic Orchestra on Saturday.

The Iranian guest conductor of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra premiered his latest musical pieces in Tehran in early summer 2002.

Meanwhile, another prominent Iranian musician, Loris Cheknovarian, will conduct the Los Angeles Symphonic Orchestra on June 16, commemorating the centenary of the famous Russian-Armenian musician, Aram Khachatourian.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named 2003, the year marking the commemoration of Aram Khachtourian.

The Russian musician was born in Tbilisi on June 6, 1903 and passed away in Moscow at the age of 75.

The `Symphony of Colors', `Swords Dance' and `Fire Dance' and `Gayane Ballet' are among his most well-known musical works.

Cheknovarian, also a guest conductor of Tehran Symphonic Orchestra, is currently working with the orchestra members to prepare them for the performance of a symphony dubbed `Leili and Majnoun'.

The Armenian musician of Iranian origin told IRNA on Tuesday that he will leave for the US on Wednesday and will return to Tehran to continue working on `Leili and Majnoun'.

Concerto for Violin, Spartacus Suite, some pieces of Gayane Ballet and Mascarde Waltz are among the pieces Cheknovarian will conduct in his upcoming concert in the US.

In addition to having conducted some musical pieces in last year's Tehran's Nations Music Festival, Cheknovarian has performed a number of Khachatourian's works, which have been recorded on 13 CDs.

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