Free Shows for Night Out in the Parks!

The Chicago Park District is offering dozens of free programs this summer for their Night Out in the Parks series. Shalizar Ensemble will be performing twice!

Sing, dance, and clap along as Shalizar Ensemble performs traditional music from several regions and ethnic groups of Iran and surrounding countries. These family-friendly performances feature songs in various languages accompanied by traditional instruments. Several songs feature folkloric dancers from the Harmony Dance and Music Collective.

Shalizar Ensemble at Revere Park
2509 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
Thursday, August 17, 2017
7-8 PM

Shalizar Ensemble at Indian Boundary Park
2500 W Lunt Ave
August 24, 2007
7-8 PM

With Clothes On Our Backs and Music in Our Hearts

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the benefit concert for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights! Many faiths and cultures came together to celebrate our shared humanity and to defy the antagonistic divisions harming our society. It was an honor for Shalizar Ensemble to perform with so many great musicians, and we raised a few thousand dollars for an organization doing very important work. Thanks to Paria Mirmonsef and everyone else who made it possible.

Benefit Concert for IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

In addition to performances of Iranian music by Shalizar, the program includes Arabic music performed by oud masters Issa Boulos & Mark Gavoor, Sephardic and Jewish music performed by cantor Susie Friedman and the Youth Choir of Beth Emet Synagogue, music from the American Civil Rights movement performed by pianist Jennifer McCabe, Persian dancing by the Harmony Dance and Music Collective, and poetry readings from Sudan and Somalia.

If you are unable to attend, please consider donating online to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights! Their work directly impacts immigrant communities in Chicago, including the Iranian community.

Video from Alhambra Palace

Video footage of Shalizar Ensemble from their performance in December 2016 at the Alhambra Palace, part of the HotHouse Global Voices Series.

Sosanda Dances: Bukharan Tea Saucer Dance / Surkhandarya Spoon Dance
Featuring dancers Yarina Liston and Mark Selner.


Azeri Medley: Sari Gelin / Kuchalara Su Sapmisham