“Ruhollah Symphony” a piece composed by prolific Iranian composer Shahin Farhat in memory of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, was premiered by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra on Monday.

Conducted by Sohrab Kashef at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall, the performance was attended by members of Imam Khomeini’s family and a number of officials.

Department of Environment director Masumeh Ebtekar, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani and Rudaki Foundation Managing Director Ali-Akbar Safipur were among the participating guests.

The deputy director of the Institute for the Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works, Hojjatoleslan Ali Kamsari, delivered a short speech expressing thanks to the composer and the High Council of the Music House.

He also expressed his hope that the symphony would help introduce Imam Khomeini to the world through the language of music.

Kashef, Moradkhani, Safipur and narrator of the symphony Behruz Razavi were honored on the sidelines of the performance.

Farhat is outside of Iran for his annual health checkup so he could not attend the premiere of the symphony, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday

The symphony is comprised of four movements focusing on Imam Khomeini’s birth, his adulthood and studies in Islamic seminaries, his struggles against Iran’s last monarch, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, that led to the victory of the 1979 Islamic revolution and his death.

Farhat is the composer of over eighty symphonies, including “Iranian Lady”, “Damavand”, “Persian Gulf”, “Muhammad (S)”, “Martyrs” and “Iran”.

Source: Tehran Times