UCSB Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

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 present an evening of music and dance reflecting the great variety of cultures found in the Middle East on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The Ensemble's Spring concert will feature two extended sets of regional Persian folk songs presented by Bahram Osqueezadeh (UCSB Persian music lecturer) and Special Guests Mitra Khorsandi (vocalist), Siamak Bozorgi (tar, shurangiz, and vocal), and Nadia Sabet (tombak and daf).
The ensemble will also perform two celebrated Arabic art songs (recorded by Umm Kulthum and Warda) presented by graduating senior Sarah Salem; two Sephardic songs featuring Andrea Fishman; and a Kazakh song by UCSB Kazakh Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Nazerke Doskeldi.
As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from Egyptian, Greek, and Turkish cultures, and also a Latin-Arab fusion dance, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah; Ellen Chang and Alicia Cordero; Alexandra King; and Karim Nagi. Ari Marcus will also make a special guest appearance.
Middle East Ensemble