TEHRAN, Sept. 12 (Mehr News Agency) -- Persia's ancient capital Persepolis is to host Iran's Melal Orchestra for a three-night concert series which will begin on September 28, the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Monday. The orchestra will perform the program Anitra's Dance of the Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) and some pieces composed by Romanian musician Bela Bartok as well as the national anthem of Iran during the reign of the Qajar dynasty king Mozaffar ad-Din Shah, which was composed by a French musician.
The 85-piece orchestra also plans to perform folk songs of Fars Province and compositions by Vivaldi, Mozart, and some Iranian musicians, including Morteza Naydavud and Aref Qazvini.
Conductor Peyman Soltani has also announced that ten Armenian musicians will accompany the orchestra for the shows.
The program is being held in line with an agreement signed by Soltani and the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO).
However, Soltani said in early August that the changes that the CHTO made to the contract may lead to the cancellation of the group's planned concert tour of major Iranian monuments.
According to the original contract, the CHTO had agreed to allocate 15 billion rials for the orchestra's one-year concert tour and to arrange the sound, lighting, and filming facilities at the monuments where the performances were to be held. It had also agreed to pay the wages of the orchestra and road crew and to cover other expenditures of the programs.
The CHTO then decided to reduce the funding to 200 million rials for only the concerts at Persepolis. According to the original agreement, the CHTO was to purchase half of the tickets for all of the concerts, but this article has been omitted from the new contract.
The group had been scheduled to continue its tour with shows at the Chehel Sotun Palace in Isfahan, Ferdowsi's tomb in Tus, Gonbad-e Kavus Tower in Golestan Province, El-Goli in Tabriz, Dolatabad Garden in Yazd, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat near Shush (Susa), Shazdeh Garden in Kerman, the ancient site of Ecbatana in Hamedan, and Takht-e Soleiman in East Azarbaijan.
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