Pacific Symphony Embraces Its Iranian-American Neighbors For A Festive Concert On March 24, Marking Iranian New Year, Nowruz

Post-Concert Celebration Reception Brings Together VIPs and Members of 
The Cyrus Society, Pacific Symphony’s Newest Support Group

Lobby Display for NOWRUZ CONCERT Celebrating Persian New Year.

Lobby Display for NOWRUZ CONCERT Celebrating Persian New Year.

There is a Persian proverb that says, “Show your dreams to others,” and Pacific Symphony did just that this past weekend. In its ongoing quest to present diverse music for diverse audiences, the Symphony offered a festive sold-out concert to celebrate the Iranian New Year festival of Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring. Presented in collaboration with the Farhang Foundation, this special concert led by Music Director Carl St.Clair took place on March 24. The program featured works of Dvorák, contemporary Persian symphonic music, as well as traditional Persian music featuring guest artists that included acclaimed Iranian conductor, pianist and composer Shardad Rohani, along with the popular internationally renowned vocalist Hamayoun Shajarian and instrumentalist Sohrab Pournazeri. Pacific Symphony acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the Farhang Foundation in making this musical celebration such as success. 

(left to right) Sohrab Pournazeri, Virtuoso of the Tanbour and the Kamancheh, is a sensational phenomenon of modern Iranian music, Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony, and Homayoun Shajarian, Persian classical music and Persian classical crossover Vocalist.

(left to right) Sohrab Pournazeri, Virtuoso of the Tanbour and the Kamancheh, is a sensational phenomenon of modern Iranian music, Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony, and Homayoun Shajarian, Persian classical music and Persian classical crossover Vocalist.

A special reception took place post-concert in the Box Circle Club on the second floor of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for a select group of Symphony board members, Farhang Foundation board members, and members of Pacific Symphony’s newly formed Cyrus Society. The Cyrus Society is a group of business, community and cultural leaders with a passion for classical music, who open avenues of engagement to the Iranian communities of Orange County. Cyrus Society members are generously supportive of Pacific Symphony’s efforts to build long-term partnerships with the growing number of Iranian and Iranian-American leaders and residents in our region in order to support cultural celebrations and deepen understanding.

Reception guests had the opportunity to enjoy great food and beverages including Persian delicacies, imported and domestic cheeses, crackers, flatbreads, fresh and dried fruits and select sweets along with Persian-inspired wine supplied by Darioush Estate in the Southern Napa Valley. Darioush Signature Shiraz is known for its rich, spicy and soulful character and was relished with delight by all. The stars of the concert, vocalist Hamayoun Shajarian and instrumentalist Sohrab Pournazeri, stopped by the reception for a meet-and-greet and to pose for photos with guests, before continuing to the main lobby to autograph CDs for their fans. 

Music Director of the Pacific Symphony conducting the Orchestra with special guest   Shahrdad Rohani, at the Piano. Currently, Rohani   is Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Tehran Symphony.

Music Director of the Pacific Symphony conducting the Orchestra with special guest Shahrdad Rohani, at the Piano. Currently, Rohani is Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the Tehran Symphony.

Anoosheh Oskouian (CEO of Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc.), who serves as a trustee of the Farhang Foundation and as a board member of Pacific Symphony, commented “I am so pleased that the Farhang Foundation has partnered with Pacific Symphony to celebrate Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and rebirth of nature.” She continued, “It has been my dream to bring this special Nowruz concert onstage to connect East and West musically.” 

Maestro St.Clair also commented: “For many years now Pacific Symphony has been striving to embrace Orange County’s rich and diverse communities through contextual programming. This program has been a way to connect on a more personal level and also reflects my own wish to enrich lives through the beauty and power of music.” 

Farhang Foundation

Established in 2008 in Los Angeles, Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation with a mission to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit: www.farhang.org.