The Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30pm

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Adults $15, UCSB Student with ID in hand Free (based on availability), Non-UCSB Students with ID (mandatory) $7, Children under 12 yrs. old Free


Tickets can be purchased at any AS Ticket box office (locations here), online (here), or by phone at (805)893-2064


Event Contact: 

For Media Inquiries and event information contact

Elizabeth Cutright
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music


Tickets can be purchased at any AS Ticket box office (locations here), online (here), or by phone at (805)893-2064


The UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Sat., May 30th, 7:30 pm  NOTE THE NEW STARTING TIME: 7:30 pm
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, UCSB
Tickets available at AS Ticket Office,, and At The DOOR.  FREE for UCSB students! 
Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble as we present our formal Spring concert on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm, a new starting time.
Highlights include two extended sets of Turkish music featuring our baglama saz ensemble (the baglama saz, a long-necked lute, is one of the most popular musical instruments in Turkey): in one set, we will perform Turkish Sufi music featuring songs of Yunus Emre (c.1240 – c.1320) and Sidki Baba (1865-1928); in the second set, we present four famous songs of Turkish folk and popular music.
We will also feature of a set of Palestinian music and dance, featuring Sam Khattar, vocal, and Clarissa Bitar`ud.  And Dr. Andrea Fishmanwill present two Sephardic songs, one from the Greek island of Rhodes, the other from Turkey. 
We will also feature three Armenian instrumental compositions/dances.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Cairo, Southern (Upper) Egypt, Lebanon/Palestine, Turkey, and a Latin/Arab fusion with choreographies by Alexandra KingCris! BasimahEllen Chang and Alicia Cordero, and others.  We are also proud to feature a dance by the UCSB Armenian Student Association’s Yeraz Dance Team and duet by the Atamian brothers, David and Alexander.
            Scott Marcus, Director
            Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
            Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company