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Tara Kamangar and Virgil Boutellis-Taft "From France to Iran: Piano & Violin Recital"


Tara Kamangar and Virgil Boutellis-Taft "From France to Iran: Piano & Violin Recital"

From France to Iran: French Orientalism and the Persian Court

Virgil Boutellis-Taft, Violin // Tara Kamangar, Piano

Sunday, April 5, 2015 // 6 PM // USC Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall

Address: 3620A McClintock Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90089

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(Please note that the venue is located inside the Brain & Creativity Institute.)


A musical journey from France to Iran, presented by violinist Virgil Boutellis-Taft and pianist Tara Kamangar. Works by composers including Debussy, Chausson, Philippe Hersant, Bartok, Bloch, Komitas, Loris Tjeknavorian, and Aminollah Hossein.

French composers were often inspired by their ideas of the East, and western classical music first reached Persia via France, with its first piano gifted by Napoleon to the royal Qajar court in 1806. A few decades later, the court of Nasser Al-Din Shah sent for French musician Alfred Lemaire to revamp the military orchestras, teach piano and Western music theory, and write the first national anthem. Lemaire lived for the remainder of his life in Tehran, but sent his piano arrangements of Persian music back to Paris, where Orientalism was in vogue. Ali-Naqi Vaziri pursued advanced musical studies in France and studied composition privately with Paul Vidal before returning to Iran to set up a Music Academy and National Orchestra. Aminollah Hossein also studied with Paul Vidal, as well as with Noel Gallon and Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatory, and went on to compose several piano, chamber and orchestral works in France with sponsorship from the Iranian Ministry of Culture.

This event is made possible by the generous support of Farhang Foundation.

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