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Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Fall Concert

Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Fall ConcertThe Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and guest artists will perform a program of music and dance from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region.

The ensemble is a combined orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its members are from a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus.

Critically acclaimed guest artists from the metropolitan San Francisco and Sacramento areas will be featured in the program, including Ishmael on qanun (trapezoidal zither), Fathi Aljarrah on kamanja (violin) and Faisal Zedan on riqq (tambourine), daff (frame drum) and darabukka (goblet drum).

Continuing a longstanding collaboration, San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead a dance troupe in original choreography to complement the ensemble of instrumentalists and singers. Cal Poly music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer, conductor and ethnomusicologist, will direct the event.

The show will include some of the most celebrated repertoire of Arab art and popular music. Preeminent composers, poets and artists include Umm Kulthum, Fairuz, Nazem al-Ghazali, Karem Mahmoud, Bayram al-Tunisi, Ahmed Mansour and renowned sixth-century poet Antara Ibn Shaddad.

The concert will feature contemporary works and traditional genres, including the muwashshah, a genre of poetry and song that has traveled throughout Arab society from its origins in the artistic milieu of 10th-century Andalusia. The ensemble will also perform selections from the shared traditions of the Ottoman era, including instrumental pieces having seven-, 10- and 14-beat metric modes. Improvisation, vital to Arab art music, will also figure prominently in the program.

Presenter / Producer: Cal Poly Music Department

Listed Categories
Music > Choral/Choirs
Dance > Ethnic Dance
Music > International

Event Phone: 805-756-4849

Performing Arts Center
1 Grand Avenue
Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo CA 93405

Central California
Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo

Performance Dates: 11/6/2021
Saturday, 11/06/2021

Performance Times
7:30 p.m.

Ticket Information:
$15 and $20 general, $10 students

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