Middle Eastern Music Ensemble to debut Nov. 18

Flag of SyriaThe first NIU Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will make its debut at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

This newly formed world music ensemble is directed by two NIU graduate students in World Music Studies — well-known Syrian-born musicians Abou Agha and Omar Al Musfi — and NIU music faculty member Jui-Ching Wang.

This ensemble consists of 22 musicians who play both traditional Middle Eastern/Pan Arabic instruments and Western classical instruments. Music of various Pan Arabic origins, such as Egypt, Turkey and Syria, as well as new compositions, will be performed.

This concert is free and open to the public, and the auditorium is accessible to all. For more information, contact Wang and jcwang@niu.edu.

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