The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Winter Concert will feature the theme of love.
“The deep, passionate love of the works in the concert will be presented in a ‘wasla’ or suite of ‘muwashahat,’ one of the longest continuously performed genres of high art music in the world,” said Samuel Shalhoub, acting director of the ensemble.
“The concert will be a celebration of the power of love through music and dance.”
A special feature of the concert will be the suite titled “Alf Layla Wa Layla” or “A Thousand and One Nights,” a four-movement composition based on Persian, Arabic and Indian stories. These stories have been told for centuries and have influenced other great literature in turn, as in the case of the art songs of the famous Lebanese Rahbani Brothers and musical icon Fairuz. These songs form a suite in the “muwashshah” genre, which dates to the Middle Ages.
The Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists. Its membership represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus. The ensemble will be joined on stage by critically acclaimed guest artists: Faisal Zedan, percussion Fathi al-Jarrah, violin and Elias Lammam, accordion.
San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead her dance troupe in original choreography that dialogues with the music. Shalhoub, a composer, performer, lecturer in the Liberal Studies Department and president of the Coast Unified School District board of trustees in Cambria, is directing the Arab Music Ensemble in its second concert of the 2018-19 season.
Presenter / Producer: Cal Poly Music Department
Music > International
Event Phone: 805-756-4849
Performing Arts Center
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo CA 93407
Ventura, Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo
Performance Dates: 2/23/2019
$12 and $14 general, $9 and $12 students
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