MESTO Orchestra: Arab and Latino Music at UCLA

17 March 2018 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Location: Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E Young Drive, East, Los Angeles, California
Category: All Events

MESTO Orchestra: Arab and Latino Music at UCLA
Conducted by Nabil Azzam

Saturday, March 17, 7pm
Schoenberg Hall

Tickets: $60 general admission, $25 students
Tickets may be purchased through the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 or via this link: TICKETS


Guest Artists: Suzanna Guzmán, mezzo-soprano, and singers Maurice Raad and Woroud
Also featuring performances by faculty members Steven Loza,  Münir Beken, and A. J. Racy

Fundraising concert for the MESTO Orchestra and the UCLA Center for Latino Arts featuring the MESTO Orchestra, conducted by Nabil Azzam. 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.

This concert is a production of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts in conjunction with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology.

Reception to follow.

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