Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction, Parking Lot 3 (nearest lot to Music Building) is not accessible from UCEN Road until mid-March. To access Parking Lot 3 if you are traveling from the roundabout (Steck Circle), please turn right onto Channel Islands Road and follow this road until you see the UCEN on your left. Parking Lot 3 should be directly in front of you.

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Tickets: general admission ($15), non-UCSB students with ID ($10), UCSB students with ID ($5), children under 12 (FREE). For tickets, please visit www.music.ucsb.edu or call (805) 893-2064.

Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble for its formal Winter concert. The performance will feature 3 guest artists who will perform a set of Persian classical music: Bahram Osqueezadeh, santur (a hammered dulcimer), Ali Nouri, tar (a lute), and Mehrdad Siahcheshman, tombak (drum). In celebration of Norouz (the Persian New Year), the Ensemble will also perform a set of Persian classical music (including a poem by the 13th-century Sufi mystic, Jalal ud-Din Rumi) and a Persian dance.

The ensemble will also present 3 Egyptian songs, including ‘Abd al-Halim Hafiz’s “Sawwah” sung by Mohamed Moharram, and two Umm Kulthum songs (“Aruh Li Min” sung by Melanie Hutton and “Lissa Fakir”); a song by the Algerian singer, Warda al-Jaza’iriyya (“Batwannis Bik”) sung by Giselle Garcia; and 2 songs (one Greek, one Sephardic) performed by Andrea Fishman. Ziyad Marcus will also perform a rousing drum solo.

As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Egypt, Iran, and Turkey, plus a Lebanese/Andalusian fusion dance (featuring
Sam Khattar, solo vocalist), with choreographies by Renee Bergan and ‘Atif Farag, Laurel Victoria Grey, Ellen Chang and Alicia Cordero, and Cris! Basimah.

Scott Marcus, Director of UCSB Middle East Ensemble
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company