UCSB Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall

Event Price: 

General ($15)
Non-UCSB students with ID ($10)
UCSB students with ID ($5)
Children under 12 (FREE)*
UCSB AS Ticket Office: 
(805) 893-2064
UCEN Room 1535 (across from Corwin Pavilion)
*Youth tickets may be reserved in advance by contacting the ticket office.


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Middle East Ensemble
Directed by Scott Marcus, the UCSB Middle East Ensemble will celebrate its 30th year with a presentation of music and dance reflecting the great variety of cultures found in the Middle East on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature a number of special guest artists, including vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Reza Mahini, dancer and choreographer Hassan Harfouche, and vocalists Javid John Mosadeghi, Nazerke Doskeldi, and Sarah Salem, as well as performances by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble Dance Company, with choreography by Cris! Basimah, Laurel Victoria Gray, and Hassan Harfouche.
Reza Mahini, a Persian singer and multi-instrumentalist (performing on the tar, setar, and daff), was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1971. Now based in Irvine, Reza has performed internationally in over a dozen countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. A professional dabke dancer in Lebanon before coming to the U.S., Hassan Harfouche is a renowned choreographer and teacher, having performed and given seminars throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Javid John Mosadeghi, born in Iran, moved to the U.S. in 1986 and to Santa Barbara in 2007. He has sung in the UCSB Middle East Ensemble’s chorus and as a featured vocal soloist since 2010. Solo vocalist Nazerke Doskeldi is a 2018-2019 UCSB Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Kazakhstan. She will lead the ensemble in its first-ever performances of Kazakh songs. Sarah Salem, an Egyptian-American UCSB undergraduate student, returns to present two Arabic songs.
As always, the Ensemble's Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Egyptian, Lebanese, and Persian cultures, as well as a Latin-Arab fusion dance, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Laurel Victoria Gray, and Hassan Harfouche.
Scott Marcus, Founder & Director
Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s percussion section
Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company
Middle East Ensemble