Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Meany Hall for the Performing Arts,
University of Washington, 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast,
Seattle, WA 98105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denná Good-Mojab to perform aria from Iranian opera “Rostam and Sohrab”
Lynnwood, WA, January 31, 2016 – Iranian-American soprano Denná Good-Mojab, of Lynnwood, WA, will perform an excerpt from “Tahmineh’s Aria” at the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students’ 2016 CulturalFest Performance Showcase on February 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. The aria is from the award-winning, Armenian-Iranian composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian’s opera, “Rostam and Sohrab.” The opera is based on the epic poem, “Shahnameh” (“The Book of Kings”), written c. 977-1010 CE by the Persian poet Ferdowsi.
Good-Mojab, 19, is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Voice at the UW School of Music. At the age of 17, Good-Mojab graduated cum laude from UW with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance in June 2014. She was selected to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” during the 2014 UW Commencement Ceremony at Husky Stadium in Seattle. In 2014, she was also an invited participant at an exclusive master class with Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian in Portland, Oregon.
Good-Mojab has earned numerous awards for academic achievement, vocal performance, and community service. Most recently, she was selected as a 2014 and 2015 National YoungArts Winner, the upper-division Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 Young Artist Awards Competition co-presented by KING FM 98.1 and the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS), a recipient of the SCMS 2014 Monika Meyers Clowes Memorial Award, the recipient of the Mensa Foundation’s 2014 and 2015 Greg Timmers Arts Education Scholarship, and a recipient of the Young Singers Foundation’s 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship.
Good-Mojab has performed three times on Seattle-based KING FM 98.1’s NW Focus Live and once on NBC KING 5’s New Day Northwest. In 2007, at the age of 10, she debuted with the Portland Opera as the Second Spirit in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Since then, she has performed in eleven operas, including with the Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Pacific MusicWorks, Opera Theater Oregon, UW Opera Theater, and Portland State University Opera. She has sung in 14 languages.
• Event description: The FIUTS CulturalFest Performance Showcase brings the best University of Washington artists, musicians, singers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world together onto the Meany Hall stage to celebrate the diversity and talent of the international community in our region.
• Event information and tickets: http://www.fiuts.org/events/culturalfest/performances or contact email@example.com or
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