Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble to Perform Works That Evoke Spring on May 25
SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble’s Spring Concert will celebrate seasonal themes at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the Spanos Theatre on the Cal Poly campus.
“Our program is blooming with themes of spring,” said Samuel Shalhoub, the ensemble’s acting director. “From exciting travels and warm sunny days, to occasional rainstorms and moonlit nights, prepare to be carried away in an evening of popular Lebanese music, amusing bits of theatre and energetic dances.”
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 professional guest artists Faisal Zedan, percussion, and Fathi al-Jarrah, violin. Al-Jarrah, born in Aleppo, Syria, is considered one of the great contemporary masters of classical Arabic music. Zedan, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and raised in Oum Dbaib, Syria, has worked with such musicians as Aieto Moreira, The Gorillaz and Joan Baez.
San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell, a Cal Poly alumna, 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 third concert of the 2018-19 season. This will be Shalhoub’s final concert as acting director of the Arab Music Ensemble.
Tickets are $14 for the public, and $9 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call SLO-4TIX (756-4849).
The Music Department offers a 10 percent discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office; a 15 percent discount is given on tickets to five or more events.
The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.
Photo information: Samuel Shalhoub directs the Arab Music Ensemble at its winter concert last December.
Contact: Michele Abba
April 26, 2019