Behzad Ranjbaran’s ‘We Are One’ to Premiere at Carnegie Hall

Mike Lawson • News • May 7, 2018

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Behzad Ranjbaran’s We Are One for chorus and orchestra will be premiered on May 7, 2018 by the Oratorio Society of New York (OSNY) under the direction of Kent Tritle at Carnegie Hall.

The work, which incorporates a variety of texts in multiple languages, is described by the composer as “an expression of our shared desire for respect, justice, freedom, and peace.”

Behzad Ranjbaran is known for music which is both evocative and colorful, and also strong in structural integrity and form. He frequently draws inspiration from his cultural roots and Persian heritage in form or subject matter or the interpretation of sounds and styles. Ranjbaran’s music has been performed all over the world and has been performed by soloists such as Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yo-Yo Ma, and conductors including Charles Dutoit, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, David Robertson, and many more. He has also served as composer-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s summer season at Saratoga, the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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