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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Gala Features Behzad Ranjbaran


Soprano superstar Renée Fleming will perform Ranjbaran's Songs of Eternity composed with the poetry of Omar Khayyam


FORT WORTH - Hailed as "the most beautiful voice" of our time, American soprano Renée Fleming will perform Behzad Ranjbaran's Songs of Eternity on Tuesday, March 6 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall. The concert begins at 7 p.m.


Behzad Ranjbaran


Ranjbaran's 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 Juilliard School. The composer will be in attendance at the FWSO concert.


Ranjbaran's music 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 United States in 1974, attended Indiana University, and received his doctorate from the Juilliard School, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. Named "Distinguished Artist" by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, Ranjbaran has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer (composer/choreographer project), and the Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


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, by telephone at 817-665-6000, or by visiting the FWSO Ticket Office at 330 E. Fourth Street, Suite 200, in downtown Fort Worth. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday.


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