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Photos: Norwegian choir chants folk songs in Tehran

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran; photos by Mohammad Reza Abbasi

The leading Norwegian 40-member choir, SKRUK, held performances at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Monday.
They performed Scandinavian folk pieces along with songs in English and Norwegian during their performance which was a part of the Iranian Regional Music Festival.

"Most of pieces which were performed during the concert belong to the time before the birth of Christ and the songs were sung chorally in Scandinavian regions," the choir conductor Per Oddvar Hildre told during the event.

He said that they became acquainted with an Azeri ensemble during the festival and were eager to have Azeri performances as well, however they did not have musical instruments.

Their performance repertoire at the Vahdat Hall also included selections from the psalms.

SKRUK Conductor Per Oddvar Hildre

SKRUK, with its characteristic sound and repertoire, is recognized as one of the leading choirs in Norway. Over the past 30 years, its members have toured Norway regularly, giving concerts in hundreds of churches throughout the country, and performed at Norway's most important music festivals.

The group is well known for its many cultural exchange projects, and is constantly taking on new and exciting challenges. So far, their 21 albums have been released on several continents which, this year lead to SKRUK receiving the Bektas Özen folk music award in Turkey for their record "Landet vi kommer fra".

The 7th Regional Music Festival will run until May 18 in halls of Tehran and Kerman.

Photo: Conductor Per Oddvar Hildre leads Norwegian choir SKRUK in a performance at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on May 16, 2011.




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