three-song cycle features nine rube's
from the 12th century poetry of Omar Khayyam. It is remarkably
original as it fuses ancient poetry with modern thought. Fleming premiered Songs of Eternity with the Seattle
Symphony in 2002 to rave reviews. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called it
"beautiful... particularly noteworthy were exquisite Melisa's (expressive passages
sung on one syllable) Ranjbaran wrote on words such as 'sorrow'" and the Seattle Times found "there was much to
praise in the score...certainly worth a second hearing." Ranjbaran dedicated the
work to Fleming, whom he met while they were both students at the
has been performed by such internationally acclaimed artists as Joshua Bell and
Yo-Yo Ma, among others. He began his music studies at the age of nine at the
Tehran Music Conservatory. He came to the
Fleming is a Grammy Award-winning soprano who has cultivated a devoted following for her brilliant musicianship, intelligence and interpretive ability, nationally and internationally.
The Gala program also includes Lehar's Vilja-Lied from The Merry Widow, Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate, K. 158a (K. 165), and Richard Strauss's Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1 and Morgen, Op. 27, No. 4 as well as Mozart's Overture to The Magic Flute, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34 and Voices of Spring, Waltzes, Op. 410 by Johann Strauss, Jr.
The FWSO gratefully acknowledges the Star-Telegram and RadioShack for their generous support of the Gala concert.
Tickets are $20 -
$99 and are available online at www.fwsymphony.org, by telephone at
817-665-6000, or by visiting the FWSO Ticket Office at
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