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OHIO to host Persian Classical Music Concert on March 12

Two of the world’s top performers of Persian music will host a Persian Classical Music Concert at Ohio University on Saturday, March 12.

The free concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre and Lounge, will feature Maestros Hossein Alizadeh and Pezhham Akhavass.

Alizadeh, who is considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, earned his bachelor’s degree in music composition and performance from the University of Tehran and later studied composition and musicology at the University of Berlin. He has also taught at the University of Tehran and the Tehran Music Conservatory.

The musician has performed in Iran and around the world, and has also served as a conductor and soloist in the Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television. He has also recorded numerous albums including “Endless Vision,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006.

Akhavass, who is a percussionist and a director, is recognized as a master of the Tombak (a type of goblet drum from Persia) and the Daf (the frame drum).

With the support of his father, Mostafa, who was also a renowned artist, Akhavass began studying the Tombak at the age of 5 years old under the guidance of Ostad Naser Farhanghfar, who was known as one of the greats of Tombak performance. He also studied with other well-known musicians and later earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Sureh University of Tehran. In addition to performing on the Tombak and Daf, Akhavass also plays a wide range of instruments. He has performed around the world and is recognized as one of the most distinguished musicians of his generation.

The upcoming concert is being sponsored by the Iranian Students Society at Ohio University in cooperation with the Performing Arts Series, Campus Involvement Center, International Student Union, Student Senate, and Multicultural Center.

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