Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

A Journey to the Middle East: Scheherazade to Simurgh

For her first appearance with the OSM, New Zealander Tianyi Lu conducts a program dedicated to Persian culture: Persian Trilogy by Behzad Ranjbaran, and the world premiere of Ainsi chantait Simorgh by Katia Makdissi-Warren, inspired by the bird of legend perched in the Tree of Knowledge. Then, follow the character of Scheherazade from One Thousand and One Nights, brilliantly depicted by the violin in Rimsky-Korsakov’s dazzlingly colourful orchestral suite.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Tianyi Lu, conductor

Internationally known for her thrilling energy on the podium, her deeply creative approach and her open-hearted style of leadership, Chinese-born New Zealander Tianyi Lu collaborates with major orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Her work is driven by an ethos of empowerment, creating connection and compassion across diverse communities through music.

After winning First Prize at both the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition in Germany and the International Conducting Competition Guido Cantelli in Italy, Tianyi has been recently appointed Conductor-in-Residence with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway. She is also the Female-Conductor-in-Residence with the Welsh National Opera and Principal Conductor of the St Woolos Sinfonia in the UK.

Anouar Barrada, Sufi singer
Ziad Chbat, ney
DIBA: Persian music ensemble

Behzad Ranjbaran, Persian Trilogy: III. Seven Passages (15 min.)
Resa Abaee, Giving Back my Heart (6 min)* performed by the Persian traditional music ensemble DIBA
Katia Makdissi-Warren, Ainsi chantait Simorgh (8 min.) – World premiere, OSM commission
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, op. 35 (42 min.)

Maison symphonique
Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 2:30pm

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