Tehran, Jan 9, IRNA-The 22nd Fajr International Music Festival ended here Monday evening in a final session attended by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi.
The annual event was attended by 1,200 domestic and foreign artists performing different pieces in various categories -- Muslim Nations' Music, International and Folk Music, Classical Music and Youth and Women Music.
A total of 126 performances were made during the 10-day festival.
The highlight of the festival was a musical symphony dedicated to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) highlighting the fact that the current Iranian year was named by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as `Year of the Holy Prophet'.
An Armenian orchestra conducted by Iranian-born Loris Tjeknavorian played the symphony called `The Messenger of Love and Hope' at Vahdat Hall here on January 4. The music was composed by Iranian musician Mehdi Shojaei.
Addressing the closing session of the festival, Saffar-Harandi said great works such as the symphony dedicated to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) points to the fact that Iranian musicians are capable of creating musical creations which spotlight the divinity of the human soul.
He expressed hope Iranian national music can attain a position capable of raising the moral standards of mankind.
(Photos by Baqer Nassir)
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