Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will present its annual fall concert on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature special guest Isabel Bayrakdarian, Grammy Award-winning soprano and UCSB Assistant Professor, who will sing songs of the Lebanese superstar Fairouz (b.1935) and also an Armenian song. UCSB graduate student Jared Holton will lead the Ensemble in a suite of three art songs from Libya. Nick Ragheb will lead a performance of a song by the Egyptian superstar, Umm Kulthum (d.1975), featuring Sarah Salam, solo vocalist. Sam Khattar will present a song by the Syrian superstar singer, Farid al-Atrash (d.1974), and Andrea Fishman will perform a Sephardic song from Greece. As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Armenian, Egyptian, Greek, and Persian cultures, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Tom Bozigian, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Alexandra King.