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Memorable Music of 1950s-70s at Vahdat

Memorable Music of 1950s-70s at Vahdat Memorable Music of 1950s-70s at Vahdat

The Iranian choir Avaye Mahan will perform a repertoire of nostalgic musical pieces of the 1950s to 1970s by famous American and European singers at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on January 1, 2017.

Together with Comma Music Band, the choir will perform a selection of tracks by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Lou Johnson, Charles Aznavour, Dean Martin, Boney M, ABBA, Joe Cocker, the Beatles, Mary Hopkins, Joe Dassin and Peppino Gigliardi at their concert ‘Old Songs’, Honaronline reported.

An orchestra of 43 musicians playing wind and stringed instruments will accompany three singers Mohammad Haqiqi, Shohreh Kheiri and Pedram Niknafs in the rendition of the old songs, which many among the older generation of Iranians have fond memories of.

Nima Fatehi, director and choir conductor, guitar player Farhad MirMohamammad Sadeqi and vocalist Mohammad Haqiqi have given a new musical arrangement to the old compositions. “On the selection of the repertoire for the concert, we have considered the aesthetic standards and their compliance with the norms of our Islamic society,” Fatehi said.

“During three decades between the 1950s and 1970s, many beautiful pieces were produced that our parents and grandparents grew up listening to on radio and I have always wished I could perform them live,” he added.

Last October the choir competed in the well-known Spanish ‘Canta al mar’ choir competition festival in Barcelona and won two medals; a silver in the Chamber Choirs section and a bronze in the Friendship Concert section.

Founded in 2007 by Fatehi, Avaye Mahan has participated in the Fajr Music Festival (FMF) several times and won many local prizes in various competitions including the second place in the 2011 FMF, the second place in the 2011 Shamseh Festival and the third place in Mahalleh Festival in 2008.

This is the second consecutive year that such a concert is being held in Tehran. It was first staged in January this year at Eyvan Shams Hall and was welcomed by music fans.

There are still over two weeks for the concert but the tickets have been sold out, a clear sign of the popularity of the group as well as the music they are going to play for the public.


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