The garden at Batha Museum was filled to bursting Saturday afternoon as Festival fans flocked to the 4:30 performance of Parissa and the Dastan Ensemble. One of the best Iranian singers, Parissa became an international sensation in the 70s.
The five musicians of Dastan are sensations in their own right, too, and their style is distinctly oriental. Together, they lived up to the famous Iranian reputation for love of good poetry.
They opened their performance with a 13th century poem by Sa'adi, followed by an instrumental, Chahar-Mezrah. After that, five poems by Sufi mystic Rumi, all from the 13th century and two of which brought the audience to their feet in standing ovations. The music and the singing were both sensational making it a Saturday afternoon well-spent.