Featuring Kinan Azmeh
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University Campus
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Anticipation builds for the world premiere of Saad Haddad's Clarinet Concerto, to be performed by the "Intensely Soulful" (New York Times) Kinan Azmeh. Add to this Rimsky-Korsakov's exotic sounding Scheherazade, and you have a thrilling afternoon of music!

Detail of Scheherazade Ballet Russes set design by Leon Bakst
Detail of Scheherazade Ballet Russes set design by Leon Bakst (pre 1917)


IBERT / Escales (Ports of Call)
Saad HADDAD / Clarinet Concerto*
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV / Scheherazade


*World Premiere - a commission of the PSO and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University


This concert is made possible in part by the generous support of Taft Communications.


Key Notes Musical notes


  • Jacques Ibert’s Escales, or Ports of Call, is a musical description of various ports in Italy, Tunisia, and Spain inspired by the composer’s experiences as a member of the French navy during the first World War. Listen as the oboe is highlighted in the second movement.
  • At just 26 years old, composer Saad Haddad has two works commissioned and performed by the PSO.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s classic Scheherazade, a musical rendering of the tale “The Thousand and One Nights,” also prominently features the oboe.



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