New world symphony, America's orchestral academy, to perform Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran's awakening Saturday, September 15, 8:00 p.m., conducted by Joel Smirnoff at Lincoln theatre, Miami Beach
Academy (NWS), will perform the U.S.
Premiere of Iranian-born composer Behzad Ranjbaran's Awakening, a commissioned work premiered
by International Sejong
writes: "Preserving the sanctity of peace is a common desire of all
humanity. It is hard to understand
why humans at times are drawn to war, when prosperity and happiness can be
gained by peace. It is fitting to
celebrate peace with music, an inclusive art form that transcends time, cultures
Ranjbaran writes: "Preserving the sanctity of peace is a common desire of all humanity. It is hard to understand why humans at times are drawn to war, when prosperity and happiness can be gained by peace. It is fitting to celebrate peace with music, an inclusive art form that transcends time, cultures and generations."
Awakening, a reflection on war and
peace, is one continuous movement with three interconnected sections: Andante con fuoco,
Behzad Ranjbaran's music has been performed by such internationally acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma. Ranjbaran's Songs of Eternity was written for Renée Fleming, who premiered the work with the Seattle Symphony under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. Joshua Bell was the soloist in the premiere performances of Ranjbaran's Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, also conducted by Schwarz. Mr. Bell went on to give the work's North American premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Mario Venzago, and subsequent performances with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony. June 2008 will see the premiere of a new piano concerto, commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony for soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
include the Persian Trilogy on the
2 - NEW WORLD SYMPHONY / US PREMIERE
Williams' Oboe Concerto, a work originally intended to be premiered in 1944 at
Proms but postponed and premiered in Liverpool due to the threat of V1 rockets
Tickets for the performances are free, but are required for admission. Interested patrons should call 305-673-3331, or visit online at www.nws.edu to reserve tickets for this performance.
Additional information about New World Symphony may be obtained online at www.nws.edu.
Note: the main 5-note motif of Awakening is used to craft an "Arc de Triomphe" in the music, visually creating a symbolic gesture to represent the triumph of peace over conflict; measures 106 and 107 are a mirror image of measures 104 and 105.
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