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Bronxville Native Returns To Perform For Persian New Year Celebration

ArtsWestchester will be celebrating the Persian New Year with a special performance by Monika Jalili.
ArtsWestchester will be celebrating the Persian New Year with a special performance by Monika Jalili. Photo Credit: File

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Bronxville native Monika Jalili and her ensemble will be performing Saturday during an evening of Persian folk and popular music, in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

As part of the “Crossing Borders in Performance” concert series and in conjunction with ArtsWestchester's Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in new America exhibition, on view through May 2, Jalili and her ensemble will be performing at ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains from 8-10:30 p.m. Also featured at this event will be a conversation with Crossing Borders exhibiting artist Nazanin Hedayat Munroe.

This 20th century Persian folk and popular music performance brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through music and poetry. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, the musicians of her ensemble combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music. For the past nine years, Jalili has been performing Persian songs all over the world; songs that come from the hearts of truly dedicated and talented composers and poets whose careers were suddenly cut short in 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution. These are songs from the 1940s-70s and are songs of love and hope.

While music from this period is a small slice of the vast genre of Persian music, it represents an era of great musical upheaval in Iran. These songs - sung by Jalili with her angelic voice and colored with her soulful interpretations - make for superb performances.

Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for ArtsWestchester members and students with ID. This program is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. For more information, please contact Tom van Buren at (914) 428-4220 ext. 329 or tvanburen@artswestchester.org. For more information about Crossing Borders and its concert series, visit artsw.org/crossingborders .

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