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Pittsburgh pair plans rare trip to Iran for American classical musicians

By Tom Fontaine Sunday, April 19, 2015, 10:30 p.m.
Updated 6 hours ago

A composer and nonprofit leader from Pittsburgh have brokered a deal to send American classical musicians to Tehran for the first time since the Iranian Revolution.

The plans for cultural diplomacy were announced as leaders from the United States and other world powers prepare to resume talks this week with Iran on its nuclear program. An agreement that aims to ensure the program does not have military applications could result in Western sanctions being lifted.

“Opening up the cultural interaction between two nations whose governments have been at odds for so long can be a window to hope and peace,” said Iranian-born composer Reza Vali, a Carnegie Mellon University music professor.

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