MESTO Orchestra: Arab and Latino Music at UCLA

Saturday, March 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Schoenberg Music Building - Schoenberg Hall

Conducted by Nabil Azzam

See below for additional information.


Tickets: $60 general admission, $25 students.

Tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster or the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101.


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Additional Information

Concert featuring the MESTO Orchestra, conducted by Nabil Azzam. Guest Artists: Suzanna Guzmán, mezzo-soprano, and Maurice Raad, Lebanese singer. Also featuring performances by faculty members Steven Loza, Münir Beken, and A. J. Racy.

The concert will showcase two works with text/lyrics by poet José Montoya. Canciones del Barrio was commissioned by Steven Loza and the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology. Composed by Thomas Pasatieri for voice and string quartet, the piece was adapted for voice and orchestra by Nabil Azzam. This performance is a world premiere of the expanded orchestral work. Montoya’s poem La Yarda de la Escuelita is featured in a composition by Nabil Azzam where the poem is read by a narrator. Improvisatory in nature, this piece also features performances by faculty members of the Department of Ethnomusicology.

The concert also features orchestral arrangements of popular, traditional, and classical Arab music.

Under the direction of UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology alum Nabil Azzam, Ph.D., Los Angeles-based MESTO (Multi-Ethnic Star Orchestra) was established to combine the traditions of many ethnic musical genres and those of Western classical traditions.

MESTO focuses on fostering new genres of musical expressions that combine the essence of non-European traditions; namely, styles of music based on ethnic scales and rhythms. MESTO builds cross-cultural understanding with its multi-ethnic music, musicians and audience.

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