Tehran Symphony Orchestra Pays Tribute to Victims of Mina with “Day of Agony”

Sunday, October 11, 2015


The Tehran Symphony Orchestra went on stage at Vahdat Hall Thursday evening (October 9, 2015) to perform “Day of Agony”, a piece by ” by Iranian composer Behzad Abdi, in remembrance of the victims of Mina disaster.



Addressing the audience, conductor Ali Rahbari asked them to refrain from applauding after the performance out of respect for the victims of the disaster and their families.



The bitter stampede catastrophe claimed lives of 465 Iranian pilgrims and hundreds from other Islamic countries during the hajj pilgrimage in Mina outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca on September 24.



The orchestra followed their performance with “The Firebird” by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.



Children from the Part Music School joined the orchestra to perform Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”. The performance received rapturous applause from the audience.



“The group has entered its seventh month of work and I am very pleased to see that 210 Iranian young musicians have shined on stage tonight,” Rahbari told the audience after the performance.



Pointing to the young musicians Maziar Zahireddini and Hossein Samiian, Rahbari expressed his satisfaction to be collaborating with these young talented musicians.



A large number of artists active in cinema, theater, music and visual art including Iraj Raad, Hamidreza Nurbakhsh, Bahram Azimi, Asghar Hemmat, Ali Torabi and Hadi Marzban attended the concert.


*Photo Credit: Mehr News, Tehran Times, IRNA

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