1119 GMT April 19, 2018
According to the festival's organizers, the switch-over of conductors should not affect the orchestra's programs since Roudaki Foundation decided to let the orchestra perform a two-part presentation in China with the first conducted by maestro Fakhreddini and the second by maestro Heidarian.
The first part will include a repertory of pieces from Persian symphonic genre while the second part would focus on classic works.
The repertory is to include 'Firebird' by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and 'Symphony Fantastique' by French composer Hector Berlioz, in addition to Hossein Alizadeh's 1983 hit 'Neynava' which the orchestra had successfully performed already at the opening ceremony of the 31st Fajr International Music Festival.
Iranian composer, conductor and founder of Iran's National Orchestra, Fakhreddini was born on March 11, 1938 in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province. He was awarded the Order of Merit, first degree, in arts and culture by the Iranian government in June 2005.
Founded in 1933, TSO was originally called the Municipality Symphony Orchestra led by Gholamhossein Minbashian, but it was re-modernized by Parviz Mahmoud in 1946 and since then has been led by famous conductors such as Rubik (Ruben) Gregorian, Morteza Hannaneh, Haymo Taeuber, Heshmat Sanjari, Farhad Meshkat and a host of other renowned Iranian maestros.