Iran replaces Tehran Symphony Orchestra for closing concert of Shanghai festival

May 13, 2016

TEHRAN – Iran has replaced the Tehran Symphony Orchestra for the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival on May 18 after conductor Ali Rahbari quit in late April.

A new orchestra composed musicians from the Tehran Symphony Orchestra and Iran’s National Orchestra is scheduled to perform the concert instead, Iran’s Rudaki Foundation announced in a press release on Friday.

The concert will be performed in two parts, one of which is dedicated to compositions from Iran’s national music. This part will be conducted by Farhad Fakhreddini.

Selections from world classical music will highlight the orchestra’s repertoire in the second part, which will be conducted by Nasir Heidarian.

The Tehran Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Ali Rahbari was due to perform Hossein Alizadeh’s 1983 hit “Neynava” at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai festival.

However, the performance faced uncertainty after Rahbari quit his job as conductor in protest over a new decision by Rudaki Foundation in late April.

The new orchestra is scheduled to leave the country for Shanghai on Monday May 16.

Maestro Shahrdad Rohani has taken the helm of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra following Rahbari’s resignation.


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