August 31 - 7:30 p.m.
September 1 - 7:30 p.m.
September 2 - 7:30 p.m.
September 3- 4:00
Trio No. 3 in c minor, Op. 101
Ranjbaran "Shiraz" Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in a minor,
"Shiraz" Trio for Violin, Cello and
Famous for its poets, jasmine,
rose gardens and wine, Shiraz is a city in the south of Iran close to the ancient city
(500 B.C.). This Trio for Violin,
Cello and Piano celebrates beautiful gardens of Shiraz which have been an inspiration for lots
of poets and artists including the famous Persian poet
The piece is in two movements. The first
movement is titled The Weeping Willow after the tree in which sweeping movements
and shade poets found their inspiration. The name of the second movement is The
Rokni River, the famed river in Shiraz that poets have
revered in many of their verses over centuries.
In writing Shiraz, Ranjbaran uses in
part Persian modes, folk melodies and rhythmes that at times imitating different
persian instruments. Shiraz Piano Trio celebrates the life and the
history of its people.
Behzad Ranjbaran's music has been performed by such internationally acclaimed
artists as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, and Charles Dutoit. Songs of Eternity was written for Renée
Fleming, who gave the premiere with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard
Schwarz; and Joshua Bell was the soloist in the premiere performances of the
Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also conducted
by Schwarz. Bell went on to give the work's North American premiere
with the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by
Mario Venzago, and further performances with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony. International Sejong Soloists
commissioned Awakening for premiere at the Great Mountains Music Festival in
Korea as a celebration of peace.
Recordings include the Persian Trilogy on the Delos label by the
Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta.
This orchestral cycle, comprising the works Seven Passages, Seemorgh, and
The Blood of Seyavash, takes its inspiration from the ancient Persian legends,
as recounted in the 11th century epic poem "Shahname" (The Book of
Kings). Ms. Falletta has also
conducted Elegy for Cello and Orchestra with soloist Yo-Yo Ma and the Buffalo Philharmonic,
reviewed in the Buffalo press as "ethereal...fragile, almost like a mirage." In the summer of 2005, Ranjbaran was
composer in residence for the 40th anniversary of the Saratoga Music
Festival. In celebration of the
occasion, he composed the orchestral overture Saratoga, which was premiered by Charles Dutoit and the
Orchestra. The festival also saw
the premiere of Piano Quintet and performances of many of Ranjbaran's chamber
works. Ranjbaran's music has
variously been described as "one of the most breathtaking modern story ballets
(Lisa A. DuBois, Nashville Banner, about The
Blood of Seyavash) and "radiant luminescence" (Cecelia Porter, The Washington Post, for
Elegy for Strings). John Farrell
(Press-Telegram) said about Seven Passages that "Ranjbaran plays the colors of
the orchestra with an unconscious mastery: here the entire gathering of forces
on stage are at his command, and he uses that power with grace and ease." Accolades continue for Songs of
Eternity, which was described in the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer (Philippa Kiraly) as "beautiful" and with "exquisite melismas
(expressive passages sung on one syllable)"; and Joe Riley commented in the
Liverpool Echo that the Violin Concerto is
"high class, cohesive" and "when the concerto...just sings out a fine melodic
line, the effect is ravishing."
Ranjbaran, born in Tehran, Iran, is the recipient of the Rudolf
Nissim Award for his Violin Concerto.
His musical education started early when he entered the Tehran Music
Conservatory at the age of nine. He
came to the United States in 1974, where he attended Indiana University and received his doctorate from The
School. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Named as "Distinguished Artist" by the
New Jersey Council on the Arts, Ranjbaran's honors also include a National
Endowment for the Arts grant, a grant from Meet the Composer
(composer/choreographer project), and a Charles Ives Award from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters.
Fulton Ferry Landing
brooklyn, NY 11201