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Symphony's possible trip to Iran pushed back

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:42 p.m.

The American Middle East Institute and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra have moved back the target date for a possible tour to Iran from August 2014 to sometime during the 2014-15 season, the organizations announced Wednesday.

Symphony president James Wilkinson emphasized in a prepared statement that uncertainties remain around several critical factors, incuding charter aircraft and fundraising.

“Any international tour by the PSO must be approved by the musicians and board of trustees well in advance, and without more clarity on these critical issues we cannot present it for approval at this time,” Wilkinson said.

The Pittsburgh Symphony last played in Iran in 1964 on a three-month international tour sponsored by the State Department.

Mark Kanny is the classical music writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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