Iran orchestra finale rings of hard-line pressure

In this picture taken on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, members of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra rehearse at the Roudaki hall in Tehran, Iran. Iran's national symphony orchestra has been disbanded for lack of funds, musicians said, another sign of the effects of Western economic sanctions. Orchestra members told the semiofficial ILNA news agency Monday Oct 29 2012 that they have not rehearsed together and have not been paid for three months(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)It was a VIP audience for what was likely the last performance of the venerable Tehran Symphony Orchestra. Watching from the front row in late August was Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in what was seen as an endorsement from the ruling theocracy, which once tried to stamp out all music as a violation of Islamic values.

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