TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (Mehr News Agency) -- Tehran Symphony Orchestra conductor Nader Mashayekhi has announced that he plans to compose a new work entitled the Rumi Symphony.
Commissioned by the Center for Music and Anthems of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the project is a response to the designation of the year 2007 as the "Year of Rumi" by UNESCO to mark the 800th birthday of the eminent philosopher.
The symphony will be composed in a Western classical/Iranian traditional fusion style, he said.
Mashayekhi maintains that all components should be employed equally in fusion music.
In recent years various commemorative symphonies have been composed by Iranian maestros, such as the Muhammad (S) Symphony composed by veteran Iranian musician Shahin Farhat.
The current Iranian calendar year was named "The Year of the Great Prophet Muhammad (S)" by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during his New Year's message on March 21, 2006.
Farhat also wrote the Persian Gulf Symphony, which was released on CD by the Sorush Institute last August.
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