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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, or by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.