Rumi Symphony Project Comes to North America in 2014

Shahram and Hafez Nazeri

This spring, the internationally acclaimed Rumi Symphony Project will embark on a cross-country tour of the continental United States and Canada in celebration of the upcoming release of their highly anticipated album on the Sony Classical label: Untold. The RSP is the creation of composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Hafez Nazeri, and features his legendary father, Shahram Nazeri, one of Iran’s most distinguished traditional musicians. The two Nazeris will be supported on their tour by an eclectic, all-star ensemble of performers from East and West that will include best-selling author Deepak Chopra, and numerous Grammy winners. The tour will commence with a concert at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, and will travel to Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Diego.

The Rumi Symphony Project, “aspires to cross cultural boundaries by integrating western and eastern classical music into a new and universal harmony with [the] hope to bring cultures and generations together with a message of love and unity interwoven throughout the verses of the great [Persian] poet and philosopher Rumi.” Previous incarnations of the project have proven extremely popular, a credit to the appeal of the elder Nazeri – who has been dubbed “Iran’s Pavarotti” by the Christian Science Monitor and “The Persian Nightingale” by The New York Times, and been made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government - and his talented son.

Asia Society has enjoyed an ongoing association with the Nazeris since 1999, and remains an active champion of their work. We are proud to be a presenting partner on this tour. For more information about their tour, click here.

Watch a video of Rumi Symphony Project's previous work: