USD orchestra will perform Iranian music

USD orchestra will perform Iranian music The USD Chamber Orchestra will give a special performance of some music by a young Iranian composer next week.

The students will perform Parastoo by Arash A'alaei from Shiraz. This was the first piece to be composed by A'alaei, and was intended to reveal his love for the lady he wished (not without opposition) to marry.

The orchestra will also perform music of Bach, Handel, and Mozart. The concert is free, and will take place in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Fine Arts Center, Monday, April 9, at 8 p.m.

This will be only the second time Parastoo has been performed, and the first time outside of Iran. USD Chamber Orchestra director John Thomson cites this as an example of how artists can build bridges of understanding and respect between cultures.

"We all realize that relations between the U.S. and Iran have not been great over the last 20 years. Playing this music shows us how much we all have in common. We all appreciate beauty, and this piece is very beautiful. And we are all touched by the romantic background of the piece. I am happy to add that the piece was successful in that Arash was able to marry Zohreh � the lady involved ��and they celebrated the birth of their daughter Tina, last year," he said.

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