In referring to this work, composer Behzad Ranjbaran wrote, “Seven Passages is the final work of my Persian Trilogy, deriving its inspiration from an episode in Shahnameh titled The Seven Trials of Rostam. In writing Seven Passages, I was inspired by the symbolism evident in the story which depicts the passage of life with all of its pain, joy, triumph, tragedy and struggle. In the story, Rostam, the main hero of the book, goes through seven trials to rescue his imprisoned countrymen from the demons. Throughout these trials, Rostam emerges triumphant from his encounters with wild beasts, witches, demons, and dragons while performing one act of heroism after another. However, I have come to realize that in real life, courageous acts are not only limited to heroes. Unsung heroes perform countless acts of courage and struggle daily.”
Seven Passages reveals the composer’s gift for symphonic color, set in an orchestration worthy of 20th century masters. The American Record Guide stated about the recording of Persian Trilogy that “Ranjbaran has composed a noble and brilliantly conceived score, spectacularly orchestrated and filled with memorable tunes, meticulous development, and impressive craftsmanship.”
It was composed during 1999-2000 on a commission from Long Beach Symphony and additional support from National Endowment for the Arts. It was premiered by Long Beach Symphony in March 26, 2000, JoAnn Falletta conductor. The score of Seven Passages is dedicated to JoAnn Falletta.
program also features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and jazz saxophonist James
Carter performing Roberto Sierra’s Concerto for Saxophones. These performances are at
BPO Resident Conductor, Robert Franz and composer Behzad Ranjbaran will speak at a pre-concert discussion 1 hour prior to the start of both performances.
For tickets to this concert, call the BPO Box Office at 885-5000 or visit www.bpo.org
IMPORTANT: A DISCOUNT OF 20% on all tickets to these performances will be extended to those who mention “SEVEN PASSAGES” when calling for tickets.
This Classics Series concert is sponsored by M&T Bank.
Behzad Ranjbaran was
born in 1955 in
the resident conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Music
Director of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. He is also Music Director Emeritus
of the Carolina Chamber Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Franz, a strong advocate of arts
education, has designed and implemented arts education programs for the Carolina
Chamber Symphony; The Buffalo Philharmonic, The Louisville Orchestra; the West
End Chamber Ensemble; and the Winston-Salem Piedmont Triad Symphony. Mr. Franz
received his Master of Music degree in conducting from the
was born in
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