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UCSB Middle East Ensemble

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall 602 Eucalyptus Ave, Goleta, California 93106 (map)

The Ensemble will present a great variety of music and dance from throughout the Middle East. UCSB Persian music lecturer, Bahram Osqueezadeh, will perform a solo on the santur (the Persian hammered dulcimer). Nick Ragheb and Nader Mansi, Cantor at Coptic churches in Simi Valley and Oxnard, will lead the Ensemble in a Coptic hymn for Palm Sunday. Sarah Salim will perform a song by the Egyptian superstar singer Umm Kulthum (d. 1975), Maz Kavandish will lead the ensemble in two Persian songs, Andrea Fishman will perform a Sephardic song from Morocco, and Sam Khattar will perform a song by the Egyptian singer/composer Sayyid Darwish (d.1923) popularized by the Syrian singer Sabah Fakhri (b.1933).

As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Egyptian, Greek, and Turkish cultures and an Arab-Latin fusion dance, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Jatila Van der Veen, and Alexandra King. In a special highlight, Ellen Chang, a long-time member of the Ensemble’s Dance Company, will perform an extended dance solo. Finally, the ensemble will once again present a dance by the UCSB Armenian Student Association’s Yeraz Dance Team.

Scott Marcus, Founder & Director
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company
and Special Guests
Bahram Osqueezadeh (santur solo)
Nader Mansi (Coptic vocal solo)

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 http://music.ucsb.edu/news/purchase-tickets, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.