Editor’s note: Charleston native and resident Shiva Shafii traveled to Iran on Dec. 11, 2016, to visit her grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. She returned home Jan. 13 and agreed to write a travel story for the Sunday Gazette-Mail. Two weeks later, on Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an order temporarily barring people from seven countries including Iran from entering the United States — a move he says is necessary to ensure travelers to the U.S. don’t pose a security risk.
I was honored to be recognized as one of Charleston's "unsung arts heroes" for 2016. Below is my portion of the interview with Bill Lynch, the Arts & Entertainment Writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Severely dependent upon alcohol at the time it was written, it’s suggested that Sibelius wrote his only concerto for his “ghostly self” as a bittersweet farewell to his dream of becoming a world-class virtuoso.
If you’ve never experienced a Montclaire String Quartet concert, you’re missing out. Performing in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery at the University of Charleston overlooking the state Capital, beautiful music topped with beautiful scenery just can’t be beat.
It’s incredible to think that the over 70 percent of our planet’s surface is under the water. How much of that has actually been explored? Will we ever discover all of the marine life forms? It’s literally a whole new world, under the sea (insert joke cymbal crash here).
According to beardoholic.com (yes, that’s actually a real website), composer Johannes Brahms has one of the coolest beards around. We completely agree, which is why we’re giving everyone a chance to try it on for size.
Have you ever thought about how vital music is when watching movies? Without it, so many elements that make a great movie extraordinary are lost.
I adore classical music. Sitting in an orchestral hall and being enveloped by the sounds of an orchestra will never cease to inspire me. Luckily, my work with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is to make classical music accessible and get people to come to concerts. A lot of people don’t think that classical music is for them, and I want to change that.