With Guest Artist Kayhan Kalhor
(February 6, Orlando, FL) – The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the fourth concert in the Focus Series, East Meets West on Monday, February 27, featuring guest artist Kayhan Kalhor, an Iranian kamancheh player, composer, and master of classical Kurdish and Iranian traditional music. Performance is at The Plaza Live, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, Florida on Monday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
Members of the Orlando Philharmonic, under the direction of Music Director Eric Jacobsen will perform the magical overture to Weber’s opera Oberon and end with Schumann’s homage to the Rhineland in Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish.”
Kalhor will perform Fantasia Upon One Note, a short study on counterpoint, with the viola maintaining a single note throughout, written around 1680. The Philharmonic will also perform Kahlor’s Silent City, a very intense piece that depicts the aftereffects of attacks on the Kurdish city of Hallabjah, that was first recorded with Jacobsen’s string quartet Brooklyn Rider, in 2008.
Single tickets are available online at orlandophil.org, by calling (407) 770-0071, or in person at the Box Office, located at The Plaza Live (425 N. Bumby Avenue, Orlando). The Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Ticket prices subject to change.)
Now in its 24th season, The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. Presenting over 125 events each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences and education programs to people of all ages, and is committed to building a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in Central Florida. Learn more at OrlandoPhil.org.
Three-time GRAMMY nominee Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh. Through his many musical collaborations, he has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative force on today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music and multiple collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. He has studied the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations and Masters of Persian Music. Kayhan Kalhor has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists. He has composed music for television and film and was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth in a score that he collaborated on with Osvaldo Golijov. In 2004, Kayhan was invited by American composer John Adams to give a solo recital at Carnegie Hall as part of his Perspectives Series and in the same year he appeared on a double bill at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, sharing the program with the Festival Orchestra performing the Mozart Requiem. Kayhan is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and his compositions appear on all three of the Ensemble’s albums.
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