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Pacific Symphony embraces its Persian-America neighbors and celebrates the Iranian New Year, Nowruz

Pacific Symphony, in its ongoing quest to present diverse music for diverse audiences, will celebrate the Iranian New Year festival of Nowruz, which marks the arrival of spring and has been celebrated since ancient times. Presented in collaboration with the Farhang Foundation, this special concert led by Music Director Carl St. Clair will take place on March 24 at 7 p.m.

The program will feature works of Khachaturian, Dvorák and contemporary Persian symphonic music performed by Pacific Symphony as well as traditional Persian music. Guest artists include internationally acclaimed Persian conductor and composer Shardad Rohani. Pacific Symphony acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the Farhang Foundation in making this musical celebration possible. Tickets start at $45. To order, go online to or call Pacific Symphony’s box office at (714) 755-5799.

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 will partner 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 commented: “For many years now Pacific Symphony has been striving to embrace Orange County’s rich and diverse communities through contextual programming. This is 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.”

As one of the most ancient and important festivals of Persian heritage, the Nowruz New Year celebration symbolizes the vitality of Persian culture and continues an exultant tradition that unites all those who participate. Nowruz has been celebrated for more than 3,000 years encompassing a broad range of Persian customs, and it is among the unique Persian (Iranian today) cultural events that are pertinent to the traditions of all Persian religious groups.

Sunday, March 24, 7 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa

Carl St.Clair, conductor
Shardad Rohani, conductor and piano

Homayoun Shajarian
Sohrab Pournazeri
Tahmoures Pournazeri

This article was released by Pacific Symphony.