A file picture taken on March 16, 2015 shows Iranian conductor Ali Rahbari (C) and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra greeted by the audience after performing at the Vahdat Hall in Tehran. AFP PHOTO / ISNA / AMIR POURMAND
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A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said Sunday.Banned from singing solo in public since the Islamic revolution of 1979, female Iranian musicians have repeatedly complained of having been stopped from performing, particularly outside Tehran.But Thursday's refusal, according to ISNA, was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra, one of Iran's oldest, had been cancelled because of its female members.Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate elected in 2013, has said that as long as artists and musicians have a permit from the culture ministry then no one should stop them from working.
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