Sacramento Philharmonic’s “Songs of Hope” unity concert

Posted on: January 7, 2010

California’s Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with musicians from Israel, Egypt, and Iran during its “Songs of Hope—Building Bridges” concert on January 23 at the Community Center Theater in Sacramento. California Senator Darrell Steinberg and Kais Menoufy, president and CEO of Delegata, a technology consulting and systems-integration company with headquarters in Sacramento, are co-chairmen of the concert. The Philharmonic will perform works including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, with soloist Shai Wosner. In addition to Wosner, who is from Israel, musicians joining the Philharmonic for the concert are Khosrow Soltani, who plays the ney (Persian flute), and guest conductor Nader Abbassi, artistic director of the Cairo Opera Orchestra in Egypt. The concert will also include performances of Reza Vali’s Concerto for Ney and Orchestra and Abbassi’s Nile Bride, two works inspired by Middle Eastern cultures “Over the last two years, the Sacramento Philharmonic has welcomed Jewish, Muslim, and Christian musicians striving for dialogue and peace through their art,” said Marc Feldman, the Philharmonic’s executive director. “These are courageous individuals and phenomenal artists—our community is truly fortunate to experience their music and message of unity and harmony.”

Posted January 7, 2010