Pittsburgh symphony mulls return trip to Iran

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The last American orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return concert tour this fall.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visited Iran a half-century ago. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/LoHdvz ) reports orchestra officials and the American Middle East Institute are in talks with Iran about a potential trip in September. But many hurdles remain given the countries' history of strained relations.

State Department adviser Gregg Sullivan says many details would have to be worked out for the tour to happen.

Orchestra and institute representatives plan an advance trip to Iran next month during the country's Fajr (fa'-juhr) International Music Festival.

Institute president Simin Curtis said if the tour happens, "it will be a sensation."

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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