Ogden’s Egyptian Theater offers free concert of Persian music

Ogden’s Egyptian Theater offers free concert of Persian music
Monika Jalili will sing Persian songs of love and hope in a free concert Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden. (Photo supplied/Lex B. Anderson)

OGDEN — An evening of Persian songs of love and hope comes to town on Monday.

Vocalist Monika Jalili will perform traditional Persian folk music, as well as songs that were popular in Iran from the 1950s to the 1970s. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in Peery’s Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd. Admission is free.

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A former resident of Salt Lake City who now lives in France, Jalili and ensemble — with Jay Lawrence on percussion, Jesse Massey on violin, Rich Dixon on guitar and Mira Larson on cello — have performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States. Their music has been featured at the Lincoln Center in New York City and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Jalili sings songs that emerged from a time of great cultural change in Iran, according to a news release. Much of the music was banned from public performance when the Iranian Revolution occurred in the late 1970s. Only recently has this music started to resurface. Jalili performs the music and poetry of Persian culture in their original languages of Persian, Azeri and other dialects.

The event is part of the year-old Excellence in the Community free concert series at Peery’s Egyptian Theater. The series presents a different Utah artist on the first Monday of each month.

For more information, visit excellenceconcerts.org or egyptiantheaterogden.com or call 801-689-8700.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.