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Shahrdad Rohani (c) at an earlier performance of Tehran Symphony Orchestra
Shahrdad Rohani (c) at an earlier performance of Tehran Symphony Orchestra

German, Mexican Pieces by Tehran Symphony Orchestra

Iranian-American composer, violinist and pianist Shahrdad Rohani, 62, will conduct the orchestra

German, Mexican Pieces by Tehran Symphony Orchestra

Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the oldest and largest ensemble in Iran, will stage a concert on June 22 at Vahdat Hall in Tehran.
The event starts at 9:30 pm and will be conducted by Iranian-American composer, violinist, pianist and conductor Shahrdad Rohani, 62, according to the website of Iran Concert (iranconcert.com) where tickets are available.
Pieces by German composers and pianists of the Romantic period Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), as well as a composition by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, 66, will be performed by the orchestra.
Romanticist pieces of the repertoire are Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.
Piano Concerto No.1 was written in 1795 and revised in 1800. It was Beethoven’s first piano concerto to be published, but actually his third attempt at the genre. Three movements make up the concerto: ‘allegro con brio’ in sonata form, but with an added orchestral exposition, a cadenza and a coda; ‘largo’ in song form; and ‘rondo (allegro schezando),’ a seven-part sonata rondo with piano conveying the main theme.
Symphony No. 3, the other piece of the period, to be covered at the event, was written by Brahms in 1883 nearly six years after he completed his Symphony No. 2. It is the shortest of his four symphonies. Of four movements it consists: ‘allegro con brio’ in sonata form; ‘adante’ in a modified sonata form; ‘poco allegretto’ in song form; and allegro – un poco sostenuto’ in a modified sonata form.
From the compositions by Marquez who incorporates native Mexican music into his works, the orchestra will perform Danzon No.2, one of the most popular contemporary classical Mexican compositions.
This staple of the contemporary Mexican music literature expresses and reflects on the dance-style ‘danzon’, which has its origins in Cuba but is a very important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Written for full orchestra, Danzon No. 2 features solos for clarinet, oboe, piano, violin, trumpet, and piccolo.  The rhythmic interest in the piece is maintained through the use of varying accents and tempi.
Piano solos of the concert are to be performed by well-known Iranian pianist Bahareh Komai.  Vahdat Hall is located on Shahryar Blvd., Hafez Street, south of Enqelab Ave.

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