The opportunity to experience great live traditional Persian music presents itself April 7 at 3 pm in the University Recital Hall when A New Look at Persia introduces Lethbridge audiences to the Persian Classical Ensemble, consisting of talented musicians from the Calgary area, specializing in traditional and newly composed Persian music.
Musicians Shaghayegh Shoghi, vocals; Mohamad Mojarab, percussion (daf and dayereh); Gholamreza Zandkarimi, percussion (tomback); and Nader Hamehkasi, violin were brought together by Vafa Adib, santour player and composer, to create the Persian Classical Ensemble.
“The pieces they perform are based on traditional Persian music, one of the most ancient forms of music we have,” says Dr. Janet Youngdahl, Faculty Artists and Friends series coordinator. “The music is extraordinary, complex, and often set to beautiful poetry by Persian poets, such as Hafez or Rumi.”
Iranian musician, composer and ensemble leader, Vafa Adib arranges many of their pieces, sometimes combining contemporary styles with traditional music. “The concert is special because we don’t get to experience music like this very often,” Youngdahl says. “The music is beautiful and joyful and often set to romantic and poetic texts.”
Tickets to A New Look at Persia are available at the University Box Office, Monday – Friday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm or by calling (403) 329-2616. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 for students and seniors. Regular tickets are also available online: uleth.ca/tickets.
Faculty Artists & Friends