Notes From Persia, a world premiere of six songs by soprano Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, will be featured at the April 13 concert of the Redwood Symphony.
The symphony, under the direction of Dr. Eric Kujawsky, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Main Theatre of Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Road, Redwood City.
The program also will include Debussy’s Petite Suite and the West Coast premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s fiery and cinematic First Symphony. Theofanidis is familiar to local audiences as the composer of a recent San Francisco opera premiere, Heart of a Soldier.
Kujawsky will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. “Time to revel in the exotic and unfamiliar!” he said. “We start with an absolute delight, Debussy's youthful Petite Suite, a piano four-hands work that was given brilliant orchestration by a colleague of the composer. In Notes From Persia, Shehabi-Yaghmai returns with six songs of her native Iran, skillfully orchestrated by David Garner, a world premiere and a salute to the Persian New Year.”
Tickets are $20 purchased ahead of time or $25 at the door; students are $10, and children 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For tickets and further information, go to www.redwoodsymphony.org or call 650-366-6872.
Redwood Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to the performance of ambitious, contemporary repertoire as well as the great orchestral classics with a special emphasis on education. Its August 2012 performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco was critically acclaimed.