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Pacific Symphony to Celebrate the Iranian New Year, Nowruz

Source: Farhang Foundation


Led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and presented in collaboration with Farhang Foundation, the festival's highlights include the Shams Ensemble, soprano Hila Plitmann, conductor Farhad Mechkat, Pacific Chorale and a world premiere by composer-in-residence Richard Danielpour

LOS ANGELES, CA - Pacific Symphony, in its ongoing quest to discover new musical landscapes through its acclaimed American Composers Festival (ACF), this year celebrates the Iranian New Year festival of Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and has been celebrated since ancient times. Presented in collaboration with Farhang Foundation, the festival, led by Music DirectorCarl St.Clair, takes place March 22-27, and explores the music of Persian-Americans through three programs featuring authentic Persian music. Guest artists include the highly acclaimed Shams Ensemble, Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann; Iran's best-known and most acclaimed conductor Farhad Mechkat and Orange County's stellar Pacific Chorale. Among the highlights is a world premiere by one of today's reining composers, Richard Danielpour, whose own Persian ancestry served as inspiration for his oratorio, "Toward a Season of Peace," commissioned by Pacific Symphony specifically for this occasion.

Three ACF concerts are part of Music Unwound (an innovative series that utilizes varied formats and thematic programming to contextualize music) and include activities in the lobby pre-concert. Among these is a demonstration of a Nowruz ceremonial table, called Haft Sin. Traditionally Haft Sin has been explained as a table that includes seven things whose names start with the Persian letter "Sin." For tickets or more information on ACF 2012, call (714) 755-5799 or visit

ACF 2012 is co-sponsored by Farhang Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors include KUSC, KPCC, KCRW and KIRN.

CLICK HERE to download the official press release issued by the Pacific Symphony with details.

American Composers Festival 2012: NOWRUZ-CELEBRATING SPRING

Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, 8 pm
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Tickets are $25-$100
Box office: (714) 755-5799

Pacific Symphony-Carl St.Clair, conductor
Farhad Mechkat, conductor
Hila Plitmann, soprano
Shams Ensemble
Pacific Chorale-John Alexander, artistic director

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta
Traditional Persian music
Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace (world premiere)

Sunday, March 25, 3 pm
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Tickets are $25-$91
Box office: (714) 755-5799

Pacific Symphony-Carl St.Clair, conductor
Hila Plitmann, soprano
Pacific Chorale, John Alexander, artistic director

Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace (world premiere)

Tuesday, March 27, 8 pm
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa
Tickets are $25-$59
Box office: (714) 755-5799

Traditional Persian music


About Pacific Symphony

Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 40 years. Recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene as well as in its own burgeoning cultural community of Orange County.

The Symphony offers moving musical experiences with repertoire ranging from the great orchestral masterworks to music from today's most prominent composers, highlighted by the annual American Composers Festival.

With a vision for the future, the Symphony is dedicated to developing and promoting today's young and established composers and expanding the orchestral repertoire. This commitment to new works is illustrated through the Symphony's commissions and recordings, in-depth explorations of American artists and themes at the American Composers Festival. The Symphony's innovative approaches to introducing new works to audiences received the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming in 2005 and 2010. In 2009, the League of American Orchestras named the Symphony as one of five innovative orchestras to be profiled in an in-depth study.

The Symphony's award-winning education programs are designed to integrate the Symphony and its music into the community in ways that stimulate all ages and form meaningful connections between students and the organization. St.Clair actively participates in the development and execution of these programs. The orchestra's Class Act residency program has been honored as one of nine exemplary orchestra education programs in the nation by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras. Added to Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra on the list of programs in 2007-08 were Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble and Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings.

Presenting more than 100 concerts a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony touches more than 275,000 Orange County residents-from school children to senior citizens. In addition to its winter home, the Symphony presents a summer outdoor series at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, the organization's summer residence since 1987.

About Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture.

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