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Early Music and Dance



Sat, May 11, 2019 7:30 pm

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Isabel Performance Hall

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Early Music and Dance from the Middle-East to France, 9th-19th Centuries.

Melos Choir and Period Instruments present:

Early Music and Dance from the Middle-East to France, 9th-19th centuries; with guests, Alpharabius; traditional Egyptian dancer, Nada El Masriya; and Baroque dancer Edgar Tumak. 

Take a historic tour of the Mediterranean, as your hear traditional Arabic folk tunes; Byzantine chant; 12th c. chant of Eastern Abbess, Kassia; western music from the 9th-16thc, influenced by the musical practices of Islam.

Baroque musical representations by Rameau and Purcell of the middle-east along with period dance, are contrasted with ancient Egyptian music and traditional belly dance. 

You will hear rare period instruments like Arabic qanun and oud; as well as medieval lute, winds, gittern, vielle and Baroque harpsichord with strings. 

Readings will shed light on historic perceptions and misperceptions, positive contact and steady cultural exchange, west and east. 

Alpharabius is a musical ensemble dedicated to exploring the musical interactions of the rich cultures of the Mediterranean from the 9th-19th centuries. Featuring renowned Arabic music historian, Dr.George Sawa, playing qanun; percussionist Suzanne Meyers-Sawa; and members of the Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music on period instruments. 



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