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World Premiere Viola Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran in Santa Rosa Symphony's March 22, 23 and 24 concerts in Weill Hall

Source: Santa Rosa Symphony

London Symphony’s principal violist, Paul Silverthorne, performs the concerto

(SANTA ROSA, CA)- Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a world premiere by award-winning contemporary composer Behzad Ranjbaran on March 22, 23, and 24, 2014, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center. Guest soloist Paul Silverthorne, the principal violist of the London Symphony, performs the premiere of Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Ranjbaran, who is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School, has been hailed as “a master of the orchestra” by the Dallas Morning News and his pieces have been described as having “radiant luminescence” by the Washington Post. The composer will join Maestro Ferrandis in the pre-concert talks at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Monday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Brief Composer Biography

Born in 1955 in Tehran, Iran, Behzad Ranjbaran’s musical education started at the age of nine when he entered the Tehran Music Conservatory. He came to the United States in 1974 where he attended Indiana University. He received his doctorate in composition from the Juilliard School where he currently serves on the faculty. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a grant from Meet the Composer, and a Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Ranjbaran was named a “Distinguished Artist” by the New Jersey Council on the Arts. He is also the recipient of the Rudolf Nissim Award for his Violin Concerto.

Ranjbaran’s music has been performed by soloists Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. Recordings include Persian Trilogy on the Delos label by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. This orchestral cycle, comprising the works Seven Passages, Seemorgh, and The Blood of Seyavash, takes its inspiration from ancient Persian legends, as recounted in the 11th century epic poem “Shahnameh” (The Book of Kings). Falletta has also conducted Elegy for Cello and Orchestra with soloist Yo-Yo Ma and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Among his other recordings is an all-Ranjbaran album of string music on Naxos, including Awakening, String quartet, Elegy, and more.

Complete Program and Concert Times

In addition to the world premiere viola concerto, on the program for March are Rimsky-Korsakov’s enchanting symphonic suite Scheherazade, based on tales from The Arabian Nights and an orchestral showpiece from Borodin, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, in which our Youth Orchestra musicians perform alongside our professional musicians.

Classical Series concert times are Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. The Discovery Open Rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22. Performances are at Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway). There is no additional fee for parking for Santa Rosa Symphony concerts.

Get Cued in with Pre-Concert Talks and Online Program Notes

Maestro Bruno Ferrandis and Behzad Ranjbaran will be featured in “Conversations with the Conductor,” a pre-concert talk with Q & A beginning one hour before each performance (excluding the Saturday Discovery Open Rehearsal). This is an open-seating event free to ticket holders. Program Notes for this month’s concert are available online. In the notes, the composer explains why he chose the viola’s special musical personality for this world premiere concerto.


For tickets, call (707) 546-8742, purchase online at, or come in person to the Symphony Patron Services Office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue (north door entrance, off the elevator lobby), from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays of performance weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the door 1 hours before each performance (based on availability.) Single tickets are $20-$80. $10 Student Rush tickets (student I.D. required) can be purchased a half hour prior to curtain. Discovery Open Rehearsal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth (under 18).

Concert Sponsors

Santa Rosa Symphony’s March concerts are sponsored by Ava and Sam Guerrera. The Discovery Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard. Conductor Bruno Ferrandis is underwritten by Henry and Eileen Trione and guest artist Paul Silverthorne is underwritten by Faye Smith.

Symphony Concert “Viola Virtuosity
Santa Rosa Symphony
Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Paul Silverthorne, viola

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Ranjbaran: Viola Concerto [World Premiere]
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Date and Time:
Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.
(Discovery Open Rehearsal, Sat., March 22 at 2 p.m.)
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Monday, March 24, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Pre-concert talks with Bruno Ferrandis and guests start one hour before each performance (except Discovery Rehearsal).

Venue: Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (Petaluma Hill Road and Rohnert Park Expressway)

Cost: Single tickets $20-$80

Tickets: Online, by phone 54-MUSIC (707-546-8742) or in person at the SRS Patron Services Office, 50 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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