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Symphony for Palestine


Published on Apr 20, 2013

It is a long-cherished plan and an ongoing adventure: the Dresdner Sinfoniker will travel to Jerusalem and the West Bank at the end of May 2013 to perform the “Symphony for Palestine” by the Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor together with Palestinian and Azerbaijani soloists.

The work is dedicated to Juliano Mer-Khamis, the murdered director of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre, as well as to the eleven-year old boy Ahmed Khatib, shot dead in 2005 by an Israeli soldier, who mistook his water pistol for an armed weapon. His story went around the world, because his parents donated Ahmed’s organs to five Israeli children.

Inspired by these tragic events, the great Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor combined in the “Symphony for Palestine” classical Persian melodies and elements of Arabic folk music with the sound of a European string orchestra. The orchestral piece includes traditional oriental instruments such as Arabic violin, Oud, Kamancheh, Darbuka and Qanun.

For many years now, the Dresdner Sinfoniker have been strongly engaged with contemporary Oriental music and culture, and this ambitious project sees them musically in the role of mediators between Orient and Occident. Despite numerous obstacles they will travel to the West Bank and set a significant and unmistakable example for the unifying power of music with their “Symphony for Palestine”.

Artistic director: Andrea Molino
Dresdner Sinfoniker with Mehri Asadullayeva (Kamancheh), Kamil Shajrawi (Arabic violin), Nermin Hasanova (Qanun), Emil Bishara (Oud), Maen Ghoul (Percussion).

“Symphony for Palestine” is sponsored by the ‘Kulturstiftung des Bundes’, the city of Dresden (department of culture and heritage), the ‘Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen’ as well as the ‘Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank’ and is a co-production of the ‘Dresdner Sinfoniker’ and Ben Deiß.

Tour Dates:
30th May- Ramallah, Cultural Palace
1st June-Jerusalem, Al Hakawati Palestinian National Theatre
2nd June 2013- Jenin, Cinema Jenin



Kayhan Kalhor live at Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2012

Published on Nov 8, 2012

with Reza Samani, tombak
filmed by Günter Wallbrecht


Kayhan Kalhor Songs of Hope

Uploaded on Feb 28, 2011

آوای دوست ؛ آواز خداست
استاد کیهان کلهر ؛ نغمه های امید
Credits :
Producer/Director: Steven Lawrence
Editor: Gloria Bremer
Coordinating Producer: Maria Luisa Gambale
Associate Producer: Michal Shapiro
Assistant Editor: Gabriella Kessler
Field Producer (Iran): Abbas Amini
Production Coordinator (Iran): Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri
Camera (NY): Manfred Reiff, Joshua Atesh Litle, Maria Luisa Gambale
Camera (Iran): Morteza Hodai, Payam Azizi
Sound (NY): Mark Maloof
Sound (Iran): Vahid Hajilooi

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