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Iranian and American musicians join forces to spread joy amid the pandemic

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A group of Iranian and American musicians are using digital media to create music together, which they hope will spread joy and promote unity at a time when the two countries with strained relations are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

A group of Iranian and American musicians are using digital media to create music together, which they hope will spread joy and promote unity at a time when the two countries with strained relations are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

Singers from Washington, DC-based opera company IN Series and members of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra collaborated over video and other digital media to perform a rendition of German-British composer George Frideric Handel's "Serse," an operatic series based on the story of Xerxes I of Persia.

A video of the performance, produced with help from the North American Iranian Friendship Association (NAIFA), was released this week.

In the video, 19 musicians performed the musical composition in a socially distanced setting at Tehran's famed Roudaki Hall, while seven American opera singers in Washington sang along.

Besides a beautiful performance, Abideh told CNN they wanted to combine Western music with Persian poetry to help bridge the cultural divide between the United States and Iran.

"The musicians on both sides are tremendously excited about helping us transcend the toxic threats of war and sanctions, rise above politics, and acknowledge each other's art and humanity," Keshavarz said in a statement.

"It is a time to see each other's humanity and help each other heal.

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