Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:30pm

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). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the AS Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at  www.music.ucsb.edu, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

Please join the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, as we present our formal Spring concert on Saturday, May 21st, 2016, in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall.  The concert will begin at 7:30 pm.
We are excited to present a great variety of music and dance from throughout the Middle East.  We will feature an extended set of Armenian music and dance, including 3 songs by the renowned blind oud player, Udi Hrant (1901-1978) and one by the minstrel Gusan (ashugh) Sheram (1857-1938).  We will also present 2 Jewish Sabbath songs from Baghdad and Yemen, a classical Turkish instrumental composition, famous songs by the superstar singers Fairouz (Lebanese, b.1935) and Umm Kulthum (Egyptian, c.1904-1975), and a Persian song composed and performed by Santa Barbara-based Javid-John Mosadeghi.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, including dances from Armenian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Nubian cultures.  The director of our dance company, Cris! Basimah, will conclude the performance with a rousing multi-sectional solo dance.
Scott Marcus, Founder & Director
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company
Udi Hrant, the cover of a 1995 CD issued by Traditional Crossroads (CD4265)
Gusan Sheram 1857-1938 - a postage stamp issued by the Republic of Armenia in 2007, marking the 150th anniversary of Sheram's birth
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble's Dance Company