Pacific Symphony in collaboration with Farhang Foundation welcomes Grammy-nominated musician and composer Kayhan Kalhor to the stage for our annual Nowruz celebration. Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), who has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music around the world. A native of Iran, born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah, he was a musical prodigy who travelled Iran to perform and explore the music of its many regions.
Kalhor is an original member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and he continues to compose for and tour with the group. He has been nominated for three Grammies and 2017 was awarded a Grammy with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.
The festive program also features vocalists Sussan Deyhim and Azam Ali as well as dance by Tara Ghassemieh. Music Director Carl St.Clair shares the podium with guest conductor Shardad Rohani.
A traditional festival that marks the beginning of spring, Nowruz is a time to celebrate the rebirth of nature and wash away the past. Celebrate the Iranian New Year with Pacific Symphony!
Pre-concert festivities in the lobby include traditional musicians and a Haft-Sin display.
Image magnification (IMAG): During the performance, close-ups of the orchestra musicians, conductor and guest artists will be projected onto the big screen above the orchestra.


Carl St.Clair, Conductor

Shardad Rohani, Conductor

Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh

Sussan Deyhim, Vocalist

Azam Ali, Vocalist

Tara Ghassemieh, Ballet

Pacific Symphony


Program to be announced.