World Premiere for "Transfiguration" by Sina Fallah
The PCB, conducted by Saman Shahi, played a concert at St. John's Anglican Church on December 13th to raise funds in support of One Roof Community Centre's daily meal and drop-in centre programs. The main event was a world premiere presentation of "Transfiguration", composed for the PCB by Sina Fallah of Toronto. The piece featured an intricate E-flat Clarinet solo that was very skillfully played by Katherine Carleton. Here (below) is how Mr. Fallah describes his compositional journey.
The title 'Transfiguration' was inspired by the story of Christ as he was transfigured on the mountain. The symbolic significance of the story is to embrace a spiritual change and pick up our cross as the saying goes and follow the Truth. Given what has transpired globally in the past few years, I felt that it would be great to dedicate my work to this notion. We all had to pick up our cross and bear hardships; however, as the story goes, our path is one of perseverance, strength, and hope, and not one of despair. This short piece aimed to humbly encapsulate all of this within four minutes. Musically speaking, the work is an amalgamation of late romantic style mixed with Persian folk style melodies.
A recording of the band's performance of "Transfiguration" has been uploaded to Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K6fs5VLW50.