The newly-established City Orchestra has played at Bahman Cultural Center in southern Tehran.
Conducted by maestro Esmaeil Tehrani, the orchestra of 90 musicians and chorus performed six classic pieces by masters of Persian traditional music, on Saturday.
“The orchestra comprises young and veteran instrumentalists whose coordination was a big challenge but their joint collaboration was finally worked out,” said Babak Rabukheh before the performance. He is the director of the Music Department of the Art and Cultural Organization of Tehran Municipality, sponsor of the orchestra.
On the formation of the orchestra Tehrani said, “We know numerous musicians whom we could have invited to join us in the first place, but I preferred to choose skilled instrumentalists living in Tehran and other cities whose talent had not been seen yet.”
The call for the orchestra was made last March and a group of music masters evaluated and selected the musicians. It started rehearsals last December and got ready for its first public performance on March 4 after several practice sessions.