The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and special guest artists will perform a diverse program of Arab and Iranian music and dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, in Harman Hall in the Performing Arts Center.
Half of this special program will be dedicated to the presentation of vocal and instrumental music as well as dance stemming from the art and folk traditions of historical and contemporary Iran.
An ensemble of critically acclaimed guest artists from the San Francisco Bay Area will perform Iranian music and dance, including Neema Hekmat as director and on santur (hammered zither), Nasser Sabouri on vocals, Azadeh Nemat-Gorgani on piano, Nariman Assadi on tombak (goblet drum) and daff (frame drum), and Hannah Romanowsky as choreographer and on dance.
The other half of the program will feature the Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble presenting works by some of the most celebrated composers, performers and poets of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Sayyid Darwish and Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab of Egypt, Fairuz and the Rahbani Brothers of Lebanon, and Adham Efendi of Turkey.
The concert will feature traditional and contemporary genres of music, including the muwashshah, a poetic and musical genre with origins lying in the Southern Iberian Peninsula of the 10th century.
Additional genres to be performed come from the shared music traditions of the Ottoman era, including the short introductory dulab and the more elaborate samai with its 10-beat metric mode.
The evening will conclude with a collaboration of the instrumentalists, singers and dancers from both ensembles performing a selection from the shared traditions of Arab and Iranian music.
San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the Arab Music Ensemble dance troupe in colorful choreographies in dialogue with the music.
The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble is a multi-instrumental orchestra and choir with vocal and instrumental soloists and with a membership that represents a wide range of majors on campus and professions off campus.
Cal Poly Music Professor Ken Habib, a composer, performer and ethnomusicologist, will direct the show.
Tickets to the concert are $12 or $14 for the public, and $9 or $12 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849).
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 the department’s calendar website.