Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present an evening of music and dance reflecting the great variety of cultures found in the Middle East on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The concert will feature two extended sets of art music from the Eastern Arab world (especially Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt) including beloved songs featuring the chorus and treasured instrumental compositions. The Ensemble will also present two songs by the most famous Arab singer of the 20th century, Umm Kulthum (c.1900 – 1975), presented by Jared Holton and the chorus. Additionally, Javid John will present a beloved Persian song, Ganj-e Garun, from a 1965 film; Andrea Fishman will perform a Greek Sephardic song, and the chorus will perform two Jewish songs by the renowned Yemeni poet Rabbi Shalom Shabazi (1619 – c. 1720).
As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from northwestern Egypt, southern Egypt, Cairo, and Turkey, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Ellen Chang, and Alicia Cordero, and Egypt’s most famous dancer/choreographer, Mahmud Reda.
Scott Marcus, Founder & Director
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s Percussion Section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company
and Special Guest Alexandra King