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Rahbari to Conduct at Antalya’s Ancient Amphitheater

Aspendos Amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey
Aspendos Amphitheater in Antalya, Turkey

Iranian veteran composer and conductor Ali (Alexander) Rahbari has been invited by Antalya State Symphony Orchestra to conduct a repertoire at the amphitheater of Aspendos, which was an ancient Greco-Roman city in Turkey’s Antalya Province.

The event schedule has not been announced yet, but the repertoire includes new compositions by Turkish composers and German composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister’s concerto along with German alto player Tatiana Mazurenko.

After an entr’acte, the orchestra will perform Variations on an Original Theme, Opus 36, popularly known as the Enigma Variations, composed by English composer Edward Elgar (1857-1934).

In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Rahbari, 68, said “Iran’s three symphony orchestras are not always active. But Turkey has over 20 symphony orchestras which are active professionally.”

Antalya State Symphony Orchestra is currently among the best orchestras in Turkey. “In cooperation with conductors from across the world, the orchestra has provided a friendly environment for musicians and enthusiasts. When I was conducting the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), I enjoyed working with them,” said Rahbari who resigned from the TSO in March.

Rahbari has worked with more than 120 European orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He criticized the current policy in management of state-run orchestras and music events: “In most countries, the organizations and institutions, funded by state cultural bodies, aim at the cultural promotion of their people; but for the state-funded music events and halls in Iran, the main purpose is to provide ‘entertainment’, which is the function of private institutions in most countries.”

In September, Rahbari said he would be collaborating with Russian conductor and opera company director Valery Abisalovich Gergiev, 62, in several projects in the upcoming months.


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