Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble Featuring the Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble


  • Presented By: Cal Poly Music Department
  • Dates: December 1, 2018
  • Location: Performing Arts Center
  • Address: 1 Grand Ave San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
  • Phone: 805-756-2406
  • Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Price: $14 general, $9 students

The Cal Poly Arab Music Ensemble and Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble will perform a program of works from the Eastern Mediterranean and larger region at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Spanos Theatre. The Arab Music Ensemble will begin the program. The 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. San Luis Obispo dance director Jenna Mitchell will lead the ensemble’s dance troupe in original choreographies that dialogue with the music. Samuel Shalhoub is acting director of the Arab Music Ensemble for the 2018-19 season while its regular director, Ken Habib, is on sabbatical. Shalhoub has been a long-time participant in the group and is also a lecturer in Cal Poly’s Liberal Studies Department. The second half of the program will feature a special guest presentation by the Chookasian Folk Music Ensemble, in a performance of traditional and contemporary Armenian music. Based in Fresno, the group is led by John Chookasian, who was born in New York to immigrant parents from Sebastia, in historic Western Armenia. Tickets for the concert are sold at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, 805-756-4849. For more information, visit the Music Department calendar website or call 805-756-2406. 

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