Persian New Year Observed with Nationwide Radio Broadcast of Music by Iranian-American Composer Reza Vali sponsored by FARHANG FOUNDATION
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is pleased to announce that its
performance of Toward that Endless Plain, a concerto for Persian
ney by Iranian-born composer Reza Vali, will be broadcast across
the US in conjunction with the Persian new year. A LACO co-commission,
the work is inspired by mystic poet Sohrab Sepehri and features ney
virtuoso Khosrow Soltani. The two-hour SymphonyCast program also offers
performances of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical” and the
“Reformation” Symphony of Mendelssohn, plus interviews with the artists,
including composer Vali.
Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra
Saturday, November 3, 2007
North Brand Boulevard
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Royce Dr. & Sunset Blvd.
Westwood, CA 90024
For ticket information please contact Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra:
707 Wilshire Blvd #1850
Los Angeles, CA 90017
213 622 7001
On November 3-4, 2007, the Persian Ney master Khosrow Soltani and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane, will perform the west coast premiere of Toward that Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra by the Persian composer and Carnegie Mellon University professor Reza Vali.
Toward that Endless Plain, Concerto for Persian Ney and Orchestra was written for Khosrow Soltani and dedicated to the memory of Mr. Soltani’s wife, Farzaneh Navai who passed away in 2004.
The title and the content of the work are inspired by a poem by the 20th century Persian mystic poet Sohrab Sepehri:
I must depart tonight.
Taking a suitcase
the size of my loneliness,
I must go
where the mythical trees are in sight.
Toward that endless plain
is calling me to itself.
The concerto consists of a prelude and three movements. The second and the third movements are connected through an interlude. Throughout the concerto, the solo Ney characterizes “the seeker” (Sâlek or Ráhro in Persian), while the orchestra embodies the environment of the seeker (Vâdi in Persian).
The musical material of the composition is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The tuning, rhythm, form, as well as polyphonic constructions relate to the Persian modal system, the Dástgâh.
Photo: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Khosrow Soltani is a master of Persian as well as western wind instruments. He has studied bassoon at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, and has performed with the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Parallel to his career as a bassoonist, Mr. Soltani has excelled performing medieval and renaissance wind instruments as well as the Persian wind instruments such as the Ney, the Balaban, the Surna, and the Karna. Since 1976, he has been a member of the Viennese early music ensemble Les Menestrels. He has also performed with other Austrian early music ensembles such as Clemencic Consort and Musica Antiqua Wien.