Iran bars women from its symphony orchestra

A performance by the Iran Symphony Orchestra at a sporting event was cancelled after organisers refused to allow women onto the stage. The chief conductor, Ali (Alexander) Rahbari, said he was informed of the ban 15 minutes before the start of the World Wrestling Clubs Cup competition.

‘The chairs were laid out and everything looked fine,’ said Rahbari. ‘But before performing the national anthem, all of a sudden they announced women cannot play on stage. ‘I was offended and said it was impossible for me to accept such an insult. We either play all together or we leave’.

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  • Good for the conductor.

    These morons that run Iran are still in the 10th century. About time they were put out to grass and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

  • The title is wrong. Iranian sports event wanted to ban (just as) Iranian symphony orchestra because of women participating.
    About 30 to 40 % of the members of the orchestra are women.
    So the other side of this news is that women do play in the symphony orchestra (unlike until recently the Vienne Philharmonic) and second there IS a symphony orchestra.
    Issues like these are the results of temporary fights between the conservatives and Rouhani. By the way recently Teheran saw performances of Gianni Schicchi, Hansel und Gretel, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. So don’t judge too lightly.

    • Had the pleasure of playing once under Ali Rahbari’s direction in the 80’s. Have still positive memories of the man and the music making. And bravo to this action!

  • Thats great, when Westerners are allowed to do and support barbaric cutting off of noses and arms in Irans neighbouring countries that have been set back to the stone age to surround Iran w. medieval times, and Iranians like myself are forced to use their own tools, resources, & capital to build nice houses and businesses for barely civilized ppl whose cultures still practice slavery and dont even pay adequately half the time while Western quality of ethics and culture can remain at floor level as they also tolerate or practice forms of slavery and boasting about turning women into whores and hookers, the Iranianz are right and clever to even keep their women away from the sight of Westerners who GENERALLY/MAINLY would rather eat dirt and let all of Pakistan and sub saharan africa mollest and sell their women and surrender to and be defeated by a bunch of raghead terrorists who are accepted as a nation while Iran isnt even considered and allowed to be a nation that can trade and enjoy rights for its positive efforts and achievements (which are creditted to Muslims, westerners, or others yet )although it invented nationhood,

    • Impressive rant. Could you please also explain to us what this is supposed to say, perhaps in a few short, understandable, and concise sentences? Thank you.

      • Who would want terrorist supporters and sex trafiking supporters who are the leading ppl and rampant among Westerners to lay eyes on their women? I cant even be seen woth my own cousin w/o worthless lazy fatherless Western trolls thinking i’ve stolen their women/property as their uselessness is even evident in the flatness of their manners and arses due to jot believing in hard work and always supporting world destruction to build a better easier life for themselves. Im hoping your master race superiority will have enuff brain power to comprehend that one which i also went into the trouble of expressing in your own language which i doubt you will understand. Even if you understand, surely you’ll go to any length to try to admonish or belittle. Your ppl would rather let all of pakistan and africa to mollest their own sisters and daughters before showing re5pect to anything or anyone good or worthy from other places. Prince Charles was even doing the sword dance this year w. The same alkaida/saudi fanatics who were rupturing planes into the New York towers. I really shouldnt have to say more but if you sincerely still dont understand, i suggest you read world news more and also try outlets besides anglo american ones who may cencor the news to their own nations perceived benefits.

        • Glad to see that you managed to find the full stop on your keybord, but sorry to say that this hasn’t helped much as I had hoped to make yourself understood. Presumably you know what you want to say. Perhaps you could then try to write it down in a way that others have a chance to understand what you mean by simply reading your text? It would help.

          • We, the ppl of the world and the 118 countries who support Iran and it’s rights to make their own science and electricity and live in peace, are all waiting for the day you and your ppl realize nuclear bombs, and supporting terrorists you consider your ALLIES against local ppl and civilians is neither a way to be great, important, or to get re5pect. Hopefully one day, you who see yourself as the center of the universe and humanity, and intelligence and all things great, will BEGIN/START understanding things from other ppl and places other than just a few different organized religions or colours which you wish to divide the world into for profit/greed, or lustful temptations/ lack of self control. If you, the ones who threaten others with nuclear bombs while only able to accept and respect those same terrorists who beat your women in your own countries with the respect and rewards you give them…. if you ever start understanding things that aren’t from yourself, then you will start behavng like humans and able to successfully be human and NO LONGER NEED to create groups like ALKAIDA or TALIBAN to try to scare, hurt, and dominate world ppl’s, so we wish you luck in your attempts of understanding and a good tip is to read it over and over and try to study the facts and situations that other ppl are in and also try to see if you and the ignorant ppl around you who just like to have fun always or show their skin, or make EVERYTHING about sex, try to see if maybe some of the world’s problems come from your actions, ideas, or ways of “living”. Good luck Gerhard. Sorry I didn’t spell check, but for som1 like you, who already is challenged to understand simple things, from a culture that always commits a world war, or holcaust, of crucyfying of Jesus’ ppl in Palestine and then blames other innocent ppl and cultures for your own cultures or wicked ppl’s actions, this is how much time I have, no more.

      • Who would want terrorist supporters and sex trafiking supporters who are the leading ppl and rampant among Westerners to lay eyes on their women? I cant even be seen woth my own cousin w/o worthless lazy fatherless Western trolls thinking i’ve stolen their women/property as their uselessness is even evident in the flatness of their manners and arses due to jot believing in hard work and always supporting world destruction to build a better easier life for themselves. Im hoping your master race superiority will have enuff brain power to comprehend that one which i also went into the trouble of expressing in your own language which i doubt you will understand. Even if you understand, surely you’ll go to any length to try to admonish or belittle. Your ppl would rather let all of pakistan and africa to mollest their own sisters and daughters before showing re5pect to anything or anyone good or worthy from other places. Prince Charles was even doing the sword dance this year w. The same alkaida/saudi fanatics who were rupturing planes into the New York towers. I really shouldnt have to say more but if you sincerely still dont understand, i suggest you read world news more and also try outlets besides anglo american ones who may cencor the news to their own nations perceived benefits. – See more at: https://slippedisc.com/2015/11/iran-bars-women-from-its-symphony-orchestra/#sthash.ae2hjOCG.dpuf

  • Dear Sean V.,
    if you really mean all that confused stuff you write here about me whom you don’t know at all, and seriously believe it yourself, I’m afraid you must be stark raving mad. I feel sorry for you. Get help!

    • Come now Gerhard, this is Slipped Disc….”mad” (in one or more of its 4 or 5 most common definitions) covers the majority of what goes on round here.

  • I think I sort of understand Sean. Unfortunately your English is not incredibly clear and it makes it hard for people to understand. I, in my small way, have suffered in a patriarchal society, in music. I have had many actions and comments and my Mother more so before me, that have been sexist and completely unjust, in the music world. I am no longer involved in the performing side of music but still teach. When I came back to this country in 1990, I think there were only 3-4 women in the LSO and the Berlin Philharmonic had only just started accepting females.
    I’m not sure if you are trying to say that, if you don’t present females in orchestras say, there will be no problem?
    I don’t think that it makes any difference whatsoever if women cover themselves or present themselves naked, there still will be prejudice and Men who will decide what is right or wrong. I will continue to fight for women’s rights to be anywhere that Men are, in the work place or not.
    Education, work, are a right for women, as for men.
    Tell that wonderful person Malala, to lie down and give up, she never would, and I won’t.

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