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Morgenland Festival

Ensemble Sarband & Derwische vom Goldenen Horn © Philippe Frese
Ensemble Sarband & Derwische vom Goldenen Horn © Philippe Frese

The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2007 presented the first guest appearance by a western Symphony Orchestra in Tehran/Iran since 1979.

Guests 2007

Cairo Opera Ballet Company
Marie-Luise Hinrichs
Vladimir Ivanoff
Navid Kermani
Peyman Nasehpour
Trio Joubran
Salar Aghili
Harir Shariatzadeh
Behzad Ravaghi
Mehdi Bagheri
Kamran Montazeri
Rim Banna Band
Goonga Sain
Mithu Sain
Joachim Dölker
Ensemble Sarband
Osnabrücker Jugendchor
Modern String Quartett
Fadia el-Hage
Die Derwische vom Goldenen Horn
Golnar Tabibzadeh
Cymin Samawatie

The concert in Osnabrück by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in the previous year had led to various contacts between musicians from Tehran and Osnabrück, and these contacts resulted in the return visit to Iran. 2007 saw the beginning of exchanges between the Barenboim-Said-Music-School Nazareth (later the Polyphony Conservatory) and the Musik&Kunstschule Osnabrück.

A cooperation with the Lahore World Music Festival in Lahore brought the two Sufi drummers Goonga and Mithu Sain to Osnabrück, where they also worked together with the percussionist Joachim Dölker. The young Iranian painter Golnar Tabibzadah showed an exhibition called “Visual Diary” which was musically accompanied by the Cymin Samawatie Trio, who composed works especially for the exhibition, a “Vocal Diary”. The Cairo Opera Ballet Company, the only classical ballet company in the Arabian world, performed the finale.

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