OKLAHOMA CITY – The internationally renowned group Constantinople Ensemble will give a Persian classical music concert March 7 at Oklahoma City University. The show begins at 6 p.m. in the Petree Recital Hall, located inside OCU’s Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center on the northwest corner of N.W. 24th St. and Blackwelder Ave.
Drawing inspiration from the ancient trailblazing city illuminating East and West, the ensemble was conceived as a forum for encounters and cross-fertilization by Kiya and Ziya Tabassian, who grew up in Teheran. Steeped in the classical Persian traditions, both musical and poetic, the musicians have a blend of self-taught, academic and traditional training.
The group is regularly invited to international festivals, where it is acclaimed by the public, music professionals and critics alike. Constantinople has performed at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France, the World Sacred Music Festival of Fez in Morocco and Onassis Centre in Greece, among others.
“As a hub for cultural diversity and creativity, we are delighted to bring this celebrated ensemble to Oklahoma City,” said Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry.
Tickets are $5. Admission is free for OCU students. For more information, call (405) 208-7000.
Constantinople receives funding from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. The OCU concert is sponsored by the Farzaneh family.