UCSB Middle East Ensemble

Event Date: 

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

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
UCSB 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, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The concert will feature two extended sets of art music from the Eastern Arab world (especially Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt) including beloved songs featuring the chorus and treasured instrumental compositions. The Ensemble will also present two songs by the most famous Arab singer of the 20th century, Umm Kulthum (c.1900 – 1975), presented by Jared Holton and the chorus. Additionally, Javid John will present a beloved Persian song, Ganj-e Garun, from a 1965 film; Andrea Fishman will perform a Greek Sephardic song, and the chorus will perform two Jewish songs by the renowned Yemeni poet Rabbi Shalom Shabazi (1619 – c. 1720).
As always, the Ensemble’s Dance Company will perform a wonderful variety of dances, from northwestern Egypt, southern Egypt, Cairo, and Turkey, with choreographies by Cris! Basimah, Ellen Chang, and Alicia Cordero, and Egypt’s most famous dancer/choreographer, Mahmud Reda.

Scott Marcus, Founder & Director

Sue Rudnicki, Director of the Ensemble’s Percussion Section

Cris! Basimah, Director of the Ensemble’s Dance Company

and Special Guest Alexandra King


UCSB Middle East Ensemble