Concerts

Epic Persia

Sunday 19th October 2014, 7:00pm

Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Spencer Down - conductor
Neysun Rouhani - piano
Honey Rouhani - soprano
  • TBA - Epic Persia Competition piece (world premiere)
  • Hossein Dehlavi - Suite Bijan and Manijeh
  • Aminollah Hossein - Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Albert Ketelbey - In a Persian Market
  • Loris Tjeknavoria - Suite Rostam and Sohrab (UK premiere)
  • Reza Vali -3 Folk Songs (European premiere)
  • Mehran Rouhani -Sheyda Fantasy (world premiere)

This evening showcases the works of some of Iran’s most respected and well-known composers including Aminollah Hossein, Loris Tjeknavorian, Mehran Rouhani, Hossein Dehlavi and Reza Vali.

The idea of a British orchestra performing an evening of Persian music has come about as a result of the friendship and collaboration between Iranian pianist Neysun Rouhani and Docklands Sinfonia’s founder and musical director Spencer Down.

The concert is understood to be the first time that an 80-strong British symphony orchestra has performed an entire programme dedicated to Iranian symphonic music.

The Epic Persia concert is also aimed at enhancing understanding between the British and Iranian people following a difficult period in diplomatic relations between the two countries. Iranian soloists, including Neysun Rouhani, perform during the evening.

The project highlights the best of Iranian orchestral music. While British audiences may have been introduced to concerts and performances by traditional Iranian ensembles, the concert looks to widen cross-cultural understanding of Iranian symphonic music.

The concert features a wide variety of pieces, including a piano concerto, songs and suites.The evening includes a pre-concert conductor’s talk with musicians and composers involved in the event, including conductor Spencer Down and pianist Neysun Rouhani.

Docklands Sinfonia is also running a competition for a new work written by a composer who is currently living in Iran. Composers are asked to write around the theme of the Shahnameh – an epic Persian poem written by Ferdowsi. The winner, who will receive prize money, is also be invited to travel to London for the world premiere.

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