(Persia Digest) – The classical music ensemble, Hannaneh, will be holding a concert in Milan, Italy, to commend half a century of tireless work by Mohammad-Reza Shajarian in music.

The supervisor of the Hannaneh ensemble is Kamran Hemmatpour, performing with lead vocalist Mahmoud Jahed and vocalist Arghavan Jahed.

The concert is scheduled by the Iran and Italy Friendship Association on 16 January in Milan.

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Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, Iranian vocalist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award nominee. Asia Society has named him the most prominent classical Iranian music vocalist, the Vancouver Sun wrote about him as one of the most original musicians in the world, and the American NPR introduced him as one the top 50 voices in the world in 2010. In Iran, Shajarian is known as the king of Iranian song.

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In 1999, Unesco in France presented him with the Picasso Award and the Unesco Mozart Medal in 2006. The Picasso Award is presented once every five years to an artist who has endeavored to introduce the arts and culture of his country to the world. In 2014, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian was presented with the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the French Embassy in Tehran. To date, he has held countless concerts in Iran and abroad. Shajarian is a cancer survivor.

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