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The Drexel Mediterranean Ensemble Concert On Dec 9th at 7:30 pm in Drexel's Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut Streets, The Drexel University Mediterranean Ensemble will have as guest artists and will honor with special achievement plaques, Michele “Meesha” Tayoun and Bill Koutsouros. They are both being officially recognized for their lifelong commitment to music education and for bringing the music of the Middle East and Greece to a wider audience. Please join us to help celebrate this occasion. Free admission.

Szalon: ANIMUS


Join us in person or online at the Szalon! The line up: Iris Malkin, Mezzo-soprano, and Daniel Gledhill, Piano perform Hebrew songs and prayers from Iris's home in Los Angeles. Accordionist/composer Guy Klucevsek will present videos of his works “Clarissa” and “Eleven Large Lobsters Loose in the Lobby,” from his home in Staten Island, NY Bill Koutsouros and ANIMUS perform exciting original world fusion, from the Salon in Philadelphia V. Shayne Frederick, jazz piano and vocals, will perform a solo short, elegant and contemporary suite, from the Salon Soprano Lisa Willson Denolfo and pianist Michal Schmidt perform selections from the songcycle Love in the Midst by Cynthia Folio to poetry by Susan Albertine, from the Salon Flutist Joan Sparks performs selections from Daniel Dorff’s “Songs of the Open Road” based on the Walt Whitman poem of the same title Alaska-based singer/songwriters Tom Begich and Sarah Sledge return to the Salon with their original music, exploring the complications and yearnings of the human condition Bert Lee will perform two original songs in his signature folk rooted style, from the Salon Kimberly Reighley, flute and Nina Siniakova, piano/composer perform two movements from Nina’s composition "Three Wishes", from the Salon Tawa will deliver original ambient and contemporary compositions for the Duduk and Synthesizer with looping board, from the Salon Karen Bentley Pollick performs 'Aftermath' (2017) for solo violin by Thomas E. Flaherty from her home studio in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico

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For a seat in Philadelphia, RSVP to and you will receive instructions. To join online, visit 7pm ET welcome, 7:30pm performances, 9:30pm chat with the artists and reception Program here; More info on the Facebook event page here: Donate to the performers here (my team and I are happy to volunteer) Szee you at the Szalon!

Experience live authentic Arabic, Turkish, Greek and Israeli music and dance with world percussionist Joseph Tayoun and his Middle Eastern ensemble. Journey to the folkloric dance styles of the Levantine (and Lebanese weddings) with a pre-concert dabke dance workshop with Michelle (Meesha) Tayoun. You’ll have tons of fun and get a great workout too.

Philadelphia’s Mid East Ensemble

Philadelphia’s Mid East Ensemble has been performing since the early 1990’s. The origins of the band stem from the Tayoun family’s Middle East Restaurant which provided authentic music, culture and cuisine for over 40 years in Old City Philadelphia.

The group consists of the area’s top Middle Eastern musicians and dancers from the tri-state area and beyond. Instrumentation on any given occasion includes: oud, bouzouki, clarinet, nai, zourna, violin, tabla, riq, def, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar and vocalists. Dancing includes various forms of dance commonly referred to as belly dance and folk dances referred to as dabkeh.

The configuration of the Mid East Ensemble can range from a duet to an orchestra. The artists of the Mid East Ensemble are acclaimed for their original interpretations, arrangements and choreographies of centuries old musical compositions, traditional folk music and various dance traditions from the Levantine and Anatolian regions.

For our concert on July 18th the ensemble will include: William Tayoun on keyboards, Joseph Tayoun on tabla/darbouka, Andrew Geller on riq, Steve Vosbikian on clarinet, Bill Koutsouros on Oud/Bouzouki and Meesha providing the traditional dance.