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Pittsburgh symphony, last from US to perform in Iran 50 years ago, considers a return

January 17, 2014 - 5:14 AM

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The last U.S. orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return this year.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visited Iran a half-century ago. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that orchestra officials and the American Middle East Institute are in talks with Iran about a potential trip in September. But many hurdles remain, given the countries' history of strained relations.

State Department adviser Gregg Sullivan says many details would have to be worked out.

Orchestra and institute representatives plan an advance trip to Iran next month during the country's Fajr International Music Festival.

Institute president Simin Curtis said if the tour happens, "it will be a sensation."

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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