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.
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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.
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.