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, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature extended sets of Greek music (introduced to the Ensemble by Voula Aldrich), Persian music (directed by Bahram Osqueezadeh), Tunisian music (directed by Jared Holton), and Kurdish, Turkish, and Zaza music from Turkey (introduced to the Ensemble by Nesrin Gurhan). Javid John will be solo vocalist for two of the songs. The Ensemble will also present a song by the most famous Arab singer of the 20th century, Umm Kulthum (c.1900-1975), featuring Steven Thomson. Bahram Osqueezadeh will also present an instrumental solo on the Persian santur.
Organized by the Middle East Ensemble and co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies at UCSB.