Classical Persian Musician to Perform June 24 at UT

Posted Jun 21st, 2011 by Meghan Cunningham  Category: Arts & Entertainment


An internationally acclaimed musician will perform a concert at The University of Toledo in response to student invitations.

The UT Persian Student Association and the University of Michigan Iranian Graduate Student Association are working together to host the concert by Kayhan Kalhor at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, in Doermann Theater.

“The concert will feature the world-renown musician Kayhan Kalhor, who plays the kamancheh,” said Shayan Parsai, a senior at UT and a member of the Persian Student Association, which helped organize the event. “It is an ancient instrument, the ancestor of the violin family.”

Kalhor has traveled throughout Iran to study music and has performed and traveled with many ensembles and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, which was Iran’s most prestigious arts organization when he joined the ensemble at age 17.

He also is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, an arts and culture organization founded by internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that promotes multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange.

Kalhor has been nominated three times for Grammy Awards for his works “Faryad,” “Without You” and “The Rain.”

“We are very lucky he accepted our invitation,” Parsai said. “He usually plays in large cities like Los Angeles.”

Throughout the year, the Persian Student Association hosts several events, including movie nights and celebrations of major Persian cultural events such as the New Year.

“The Persian Student Association is an open organization for students and non-students to provide further information about Persian culture,” Parsai sad. “It’s like a second home for Persian students from overseas.”

The concert is intended for the entire Toledo community, not just for members of UT’s Persian Student Association or UM’s Iranian Graduate Student Association.

“It’s great to pay homage to world-class musicians who promote ancient culture and tradition with music that might not have any political messages, but simply passes the message of our culture’s beauty and history,” he said.

Tickets range from $20 to $40 and are available online here or by contacting Shireen Parsai at 419.902.4106.

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