Music Concerts and Plays: These events are presented by the Arts and Culture Committee. The programs are either at the IAC or other venues around San Diego.

Past Events

Dastan Ensemble & Salar Aghili

May 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: Dastan Ensemble & Salar Aghili in Concert Friday May 13, 2016 at 8pm Tickets and Information: 858-552-9355


August 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents:   SIBARG ENSEMBLE   Saturday, August 13th, 7pm   Tickets:$25 Member and Students  $30 General More Info: 858-552-9355 Here is the link for ticket in Eventbrite: Iranian- American Center 6790 Top Gun St. #7 San Diego, CA 92121

Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents: Shirin Majd & Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam in "Rebirth," inspired by the poetry of Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad. "Rebirth" is a combined art performance with acclaimed Iranian-Australian soprano, Shirin Majd as musical director and vocalist and Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, the internationally recognized actor, choreographer, and dancer, based on the treasured poetry of contemporary female Iranian poet, Forough Farrokhzad. “Rebirth” is a collaboration of Iranian and American artists from New York, San Francisco, and Brisbane. The poems in the songs will be narrated in English for non-Persian speakers. Tickets & Information:   858-552-9355 About the artists: Shirin was born in Tehran, Iran. She began studying music at the age of 10. At 18 she began studying opera, going on to study in Armenia with Hasmik Hasagorchian and later attending summer courses at the prestigious Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg, studying with Professor Alessandra Althoff and Barbara Bonney. Since moving to Australia, Shirin has continued her education in classical singing with Margaret Schindler and she graduated in Post Graduate Diploma in Music (Classical Vocal Performance) at the Queensland Conservatorium and she is currently a student in Master of Vocal Pedagogy (Singing Teacher) at the same Conservatorium. She attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in 2012. In 2011 Shirin performed excerpts from Verdi & Puccini operas at Erfurt Hall and Fux Sal, Graz in Austria and has performed in various venues throughout Iran and Austria. After moving to Australia, she joined The Queensland Choir and the Brisbane Mahler Chorus. Shirin has performed as a soloist with different ensembles in Brisb ane and was awarded best classical singer in BEMAC planet performances in 2012 where she won a scholarship to study music business. Renowned director, choreographer, dancer, actor, costume designer -Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam - has performed all over the world - dazzling fans with his artistic creations - connecting the ancient world of Persian poetry and literature to the contemporary world. Graduating from the University of Paris VIII with a bachelors degree in history of art and theatre, he achieved tenure as a pensionnaire de la Comédie-Française for six years. Shahrokh deserted his mother land, at a very early age for France where he has resided for many years. In late 90’s he joined the prestigious French theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil where he received training on the fundamentals of theatrical dance, spanning both the East and the West, such as Indian “Kathakali”, Indonesian “Topeng”, Japanese “Kabuki”, Persian "Sufi", and Spanish "Flamenco". Moshkin Ghalam's unique approach to choreography is to erase the cultural boundaries between these dance styles. He has had numerous worldwide performances, to name a few: his collaboration as main actor in productions of "Tartuffe", “La Ville Parjure", and "des Atrides”, his solo dance at international festivals such as Festival de Meridas, Festival d'Asturias, Festival de [...]

Dornab Ensembles

November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Present: Dornab Ensembles   Saturday November 19, 2016 at 8-10PM Tickets and Information: 858-552-9355 General Admission: $25  PCC Members: $20   Students: $15 At: Iranian- American Center 6790 Top Gun St. #7 San Diego, CA  92121


December 4, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

C Minor & Zang Records in Partnership with the Persian Cultural Center Present: HAMED NIKPAY & ENSEMBLE LIVE IN CONCERT Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 7:00pm Hamed Nikpay " Revelation " Hamed Nikpay - Official Video for "Greetings to Heart " Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 700 Prospect Ave, La Jolla, CA  92037 Tickets: 858-552-9355

Sibarg Ensemble Iranian & Jazz Improvisation

June 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: Iranian & Jazz Improvisation  Sibarg Ensemble Saturday, June 24, 2017, 7:30pm Tickets:$20 Member and Students  $25 General  VIP: $30 Hesam Abedini | Vocals Josh Charney | Piano Niloufar Shiri | Kamancheh Kyle Motl | Double Bass Tickets & more info: (858) 552-9355 online tickets:   Iranian- American Center 6790 Top Gun St. #7 San Diego, CA 92121  

Play: Death Enters

October 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: Play: Death Enters نمایش کمدی عزرائیل وارد می شود With Mansour Taeed and Mohammad Eskandari Saturday October 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Avo Play House 303 Main St. Vista, CA  92084 Tickets: 858-552-9355


October 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: TRITONE ENSEMBLE Persian Pop Classical Concert Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM    Tickets: 858-552-9355   Iranian- American Center 6790 Top Gun St. #7 San Diego, CA 92121 Info:858-552-9355  

Lily Afshar

November 21, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Persian Cultural Center, the SDSU School of Music and Dance, and the SDSU Persian Club Present: World- Renowned Classical Guitarist Lily Afshar in Concert Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 6pm Smith Recital Hall, San Diego State University Free to Public Reservation: 858-552-9355

Sibarg Ensemble

February 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents:  Sibarg Ensemble Sunday, February 11, at 6 PM. This is a CD Release Concert, and celebrate the publication of their first album "Cipher" Location: PCC/IAC   Tickets & Info:

Dornob Collective in Concert

March 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: Dornob Collective in Concert Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7pm. Tickets and Information: 858-552-9355 At: IAC 6790 Top Gun St, Ste. 7, San Diego, CA 92121

Hafez Day

October 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center and San Diego Central Library Present: Hafez Invites The Great Rumi Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm San Diego Central Library Presenting on Hafez, Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak Live Classical Persian Music, Namaad Ensemble Dance by Ila Darafshandar Location: San Diego Central Library This is a Free Event But You Must Register for Attendance to Secure Admission as Seats Are Limited Register at: San Diego Central Library: 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101


October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural enter Presents: TABLA Solo Concert with ABHIMAN KAUSHAL Tabla player for Grammy Awarded White Sun II Assisted by: Miles Shrewsbery- Tabla Lehera accompaniment: Vignesh Manohar - Vocal, Ashutosh Sohoni - Harmonium Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 7:30 PM Iranian-American Center General admission: $20

Dornob Collective Concert

April 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Persian Cultural Center in collaboration with Center for World Music and California Center for Art Present: Dornob at the Escondido Center for the Arts Join Dornob Collective (a San Diego multicultural music group since 1984) to celebrate the Persian New Year and the renewal of Spring. Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 6PM This event is FREE to public! California Center for the Arts, Escondido 340 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, California 92025

Iranian & Jazz Music Night

May 11, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center presents: Iranian & Jazz Music Night MARK DRESSER with HAFEZ MODIRZADEH + the SIBARG Ensemble Intercultural Creative Music: merging sounds of traditional Iranian Music + Jazz Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00PM At Dizzy’s 1717 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110 General Admission: $25 | PCC Memebers & Students $20 Tickets and Information: 858-552-9355

Persian Cultural Center Presents: K-VON down in San Diego (Comedy Show + Book Signing) Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 6:00 PM (door open 5:30 PM) K-von is the most famous Half-Persian comedian in the world. Millions have seen his appearances on NETFLIX with Russell Peters, NBC's ‘Last Comic Standing’, and his popular TED Talk. He returns to the PCC for a family friendly evening of comedy + a book signing on Sunday, June 2. K-von will have his new book with him “Once You Go Persian” (which is full of funny stories & great unsolicited cultural advice!) Be sure to pick it up and get an autograph after the show. K-von’s style is versatile yet relatable with storytelling and high-energy performances about a variety of mainstream topics. The best part about it, you don't have to be Persian to laugh at K-von's jokes. He is only half himself! Check him out on or his popular and get your tickets to see him LIVE before they sell out! *** 100% English / Ages 10+ OK) (Some language & topics not suitable for little kids) Pre Sale: VIP (ticket + signed book + sit up close) $35 members - $40 General $20 General Admission $15 PCC Members & Students (ages 21 & under w/ student ID) Tickets and Information: 858-552-9355 At Door: VIP $45, General $25

The Sublime Sound of the Setar

September 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: Setar Concert with Kourosh Tahgavi Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:00 pm General Admission $25, PCC Members $20 Tickets are on Sale now: Iranian-American Center 6790 Top Gun St. #7, San Diego, CA 92121 Info:858-552-9355

Mohsen Namjoo Concert

November 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Persian Cultural Center Presents: MOHSEN NAMJOO LIVE IN SAN DIEGO New Album Release In Collaboration with Ehsan Matoori Saturday November 9, 2019 at 7 pm Door will be open at 6:30pm. Tickets: SOLD OUT Building Q Auditorium 6455 Lusk Blvd, San Diego, CA , 92121 Door will be open at 6:30 pm