Norooz at Scottish Rite

Mar 11, 2014
Percussionist Erfan Nazemzadeh

Percussionist Erfan Nazemzadeh

Coming “together to celebrate and promote Iranian arts and its culture along with the non-Iranian community.”

To accomplish this goal, a traditional Iranian percussion performance will be led by Erfan Nazemzadeh with Flamenco guitarist Amir Mafakher accompanying him. The Djanbazian Dance Academy will perform and Iranian visual artists will exhibit their latest work. Examples of Persian rugs will be displayed and Fine Art Gallery will have an assortment of antiques.

This year’s guest of honor will be Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard who was the 2013 Global Citizen Award-winner and “a tireless promoter of community diversity.”

Norooz was officially recognized several years ago by the United States Congress following the introduction of The Norooz Resolution by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), stating, “Norooz embodies the principle that each individual’s thinking, speaking, and conduct should always be virtuous. It promotes compassion for our fellow human beings irrespective of ethnicity or religion. (Official statement)

Djanbazian Dance Company

Djanbazian Dance Company

The welcoming reception will have savory and sweet Mediterranean appetizers, as well as a traditional Persian teahouse.

In this year 2014, Norooz will occur at 09:57:07 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, March 20th, at the turn of the spring or vernal equinox.

Norooz Chai House

Norooz in Pasadena
Thursday, March 13th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Reception:  5:30-6:45 p.m.
Program:  7-8:00 p.m.
Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 N. Madison Ave., Pasadena
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Inner Peace (Persian Mahoor), an original tune by Amir Mafakher and Erfan Nazemzadeh (on Tonbak, a goblet drum). A very lovely piece:



1 Response for “Norooz at Scottish Rite”

  1. Gilda Moshir says:

    I was at this program tonight, clearly the committee had more help and it was much more organized than years past, kudos to Dr. Rofagha and the board for securing so many sponsors and putting on a beautiful program to delight us all



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