The Phillips Collection Annual Gala, Washington

Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi at the Phillips Collection Annual Gala, Washington, with Mr. Dani Levinas, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Phillips Collection, and Mrs. Annie Totah.

Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi with Lobbyist and fundraiser Mr. Tony Podesta
at the Philips Collection Gala, Washington D.C., 2018


Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, Mrs. Annie Totah and Chairman of the board of trustees
of the Phillips Collection 
Mr. Dani Levinas,  2018 Phillips Collection Gala.

Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral

On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attended the Gala concert and dinner celebrating PostClassical Ensemble’s first year as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington National Cathedral. For the event, the cathedral’s huge nave was turned into a banquet room alongside a concert hall. The featured soloist was pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen.

Her Majesty Farah with Mrs. Annie Totah, Honorary Chairperson for the First Annual Post Classical Ensemble Gala


First Ever Release of 1978 Farah Choir Recording - "After 40 years, a never-before-heard recording of the Farah Choir, which was supported by the former queen of Persia Farah Diba (Pahlavi), has been released in Europe. The release of the recording, which contains seven Persian folk songs, was planned for 1978, but was halted due to the Islamic Revolution".

"In 1973, Farah Pahlavi Charity Foundation commissioned Evlin Baghcheban to establish a conservatory of music in Tehran for orphan children. In this school, Ms. Baghcheban organized a choral group called the Farah Choir," musician and documentary maker Pejman Akbarzadeh stated. "In the years before the fall of the monarchy Farah Choir gave regular concerts throughout the country."

For its debut album, in 1978, Farah Choir in Vienna recorded seven folk songs from the provinces of Bakhtari, Lorestan, Mazandaran, and Pars. The songs were arranged by Ruben (Rubik) Gregorian and Samin Baghcheban especially for the choir. "By the time the recording was finished in Austria, Persia was in turmoil with the revolution that brought Islamists to power, and all musical activity, including the Farah Conservatory and its choir, was shut down," Pejman Akbarzadeh added.

The recording in Vienna was neglected until the summer of 2010, when Evlin Baghcheban, just months before her death, passed on the materials to Pejman Akbarzadeh who was working to preserve the Baghchebans' musical heritage. The old recordings, under his supervision, has been restored and released in the Netherlands.


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Recently in an interview, Queen Farah said, "I am delighted that the recording still exists. We created this choir to mentally support the orphan children, but within few years, following the efforts of Evlin Baghcheban, it became a professional choral group which was dispatched to Austria for recording projects as well."

The Persian Dutch Network is distributing the album internationally. The 2018 production is funded by the Stratham Group and Kayhan London. The CD is accompanied by a bilingual booklet which contains historical information on Persian choral music and rare photos of the Farah Choir.



VIDEO: A performance by Farah Choir in 1978




Exhibition « Chrétiens d'Orient. 2000 ans d'histoire »

Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi attended the exhibition « Chrétiens d'Orient. 2000 ans d'histoire »
at the 'l'Institut du Monde Arabe' hosted by Mr. Jack Lang,  President of the Institute.

Charles De Gaulle Memorial

On 20 December 2017, The Charles De Gaulle Memorial received Her Majesty The Empress of Iran, Farah Pahlavi. After a lunch in which she was able to rediscover the dishes that had been served on Her official trip in 1961, The Empress gathered on the general's tomb before discovering the boisserie as well as permanent and temporary exhibitions of the memorial. , which is visible until 30 December.



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