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For Immediate Release:
Sense of Spring Persian Classical concert at the
Harbourfront Centre Theatre (231 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
Thursday March 17 and Friday March 18, 2006 (8:30 p.m.)
Tickets: Orchestra level ($40); 2nd Level ($35) and Balcony ($25)
Tickets on sale as of Tuesday January 17, 2006
Info and Tickets: 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Sense of Spring is a Classical concert featuring a fifty plus member Persian orchestra playing works by celebrated Azeri and Persian composers. This ticketed event (March 17 & 18, 2006) at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre features prominent Canadian musicians, including members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Mehdi Javanfar.

Confirmed Sense of Spring concert works include: Hezar Dastaan by composer Morteza Hannaneh. This memorable piece was originally scored for a popular period Iranian TV serial of the same title (directed by Ali Hatami). The work The Legend of My Fatherland by Kurd composer Arsalaan Kamgar is a symphonic poem in three movements. It is filled with the composer's beautiful original melodies and folk melodies such as Kabooki. Azerbaijan Capricio by Azeri composer, Fikret Amirov, is a spectacular work for a large symphony orchestra. Amirov is well-known among Azeri's and Iranians, and his melodies resonate with many non-Azeri listeners. The Blood of Seyavash is the third piece in the Persian Trilogy ( a cycle of three orchestral works composed by Behzad Ranjbaran). The Persian Trilogy was inspired by legends from "Shahnameh" (The Book of Kings) - an epic poem written by the Persian poet, Ferdowsi (c. 940-1020).

Some of these works will employ Iranian traditional instruments such as Taar, Santoor, Kamaancheh and Daf. Sense of Spring is coproduced by the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (IAUT) and Harbourfront Centre.

Sense of Spring launches the inaugural Persian Nowruz festival Under the Azure Dome. This three day festival at Harbourfront Centre takes the ancient Spring Equinox celebration of Nowruz as a common meeting place for Persian cultural exploration on a scale not yet experienced in Canada. Free and ticketed events will explore music, film, dance, theatre, visual and culinary arts. For more public information please call 416-973-4000 or visit www.azuredome.ca.

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Media Contacts:
Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Iranian Association at the University of Toronto (IAUT)
Behrang Foroughi, 416-9276-0684, info@azuredome.ca
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