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Hafez (c. 1324-1389) and Persian Poetry in the Classical Era (800-1500).


Redwood Library and Athenaeum
50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Regarded as the crown jewel in Persian culture, Persian literature has profoundly influenced the literature of regional powers including Ottoman Turkey and Muslim India as well as eminent Western men of literature such as Goethe and Emerson. Drawing on the work being undertaken at the Center for Iranian Studies at Columbia University, Mohsen Ashtiany, research scholar and associate editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, will lecture on the classical era of Persian poetry (800-1500), drawn from the volume by the same title, to be published shortly. His remarks will focus on Hafez of Shiraz, the beloved Persian poet, considered the greatest writer of ghazals, short lyrical poems (similar to Shakespeare’s Sonnets) — a form which he perfected. He will illustrate the vital role Hafez and the poetic form of the ghazal played within the rich tapestry of Persian literature.


Opera Concert In the Gardens of
Ancient Persia.


Newport Art Museum,
76 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Opera selections will be performed by rising opera stars in a vocal program drawn from opera favorites, reflective of the experience and atmospherics within Persian gardens — their shade, fragrance, textures and colors of plantings, the interplay of water and light, and the songs of birds in the trees. Concert developed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, Maine Opera, and Robert Sirota, Composer. The program will feature the World Premiere of “Hafez Songs based on the Poems of Hafez”, Robert Sirota, Composer, commissioned by Palladium Musicum, Inc. for the occasion.


Ticket Price (includes reception):

Tickets are priced at $65 for each program or a combined price of $110 for both programs – September 26 and 29.
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