Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble
Spring 2017 Concert Program - 4/19/2017
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The Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (CUMEME) is a Cornell University Student organization. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and Ithaca community members.

CUMEME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek and other music from the Middle East (aka Near East). Ensemble rehearsals consist of learning and analyzing instruments and repertoire from the folk, popular and classical genres, and several performances are given throughout the semester.

Our rehearsals take place every Monday evening during the academic year 7:00-9:00 pm in B21 Lincoln Hall at Cornell's Ithaca campus.

The presence of CUMEME has created a growing interest in music from the Middle East, as well as a network of friends who share a love of the music. Cornell's diverse student population makes it possible for CUMEME to explore a wide variety of music. The ensemble's membership includes Ithaca residents, Cornell students and faculty of diverse nationalities and cultures, who all contribute by assisting with translations, gathering recordings, and coaching the non-native speakers with diction for singing. CUMEME also collaborates on events with student cultural groups to bring music to a wider audience on campus.

The Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble has been supported by Cornell SAFC, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, the Music Department, and the Martin Hatch Foundation, and organized by the Mediterranean Initiative of the Cornell Institute for European Studies.
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The Ensemble was privileged to take part in a Middle Eastern music workshop at Cornell with the legendary Simon Shaheen in March!
Recent press coverage of CUMEME
2017-02-09 Ithaca Times article about the background and positive purpose of CUMEME
2016-09-18 CUMEME was featured in the Ithaca Journal's coverage of PorchFest 2016!
2016-04-28 Cornell Daily Sun article about how the Ensemble transcends historical cultural boundaries and builds bridges between different cultural groups
2017 Ensemble Performance Dates
Sunday, March 19, 7:30-9:00 pm Persian Graduate Student Association Nowruz Dinner Cornell Physical Sciences Atrium
Monday, March 20, 7:00-8:30 pm Armenian Dinner Benefit Sahara Mediterranean Restaurant
Friday, April 7, 7:00-8:30 pm Montour Falls Library First Friday Concert Montour Falls Library
Monday, April 17, 5:30-6:30 pm Cornell professor's retirement party
Wednesday, April 19, 8:00-10:00 pm Spring Concert: The Shepherd and the Shepherdess Barnes Hall, Cornell University
Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 - 6:00 pm Trumansburg Farmers' Market
Sunday, May 28, 12:00-1:00 pm Cornell Near Eastern Studies Department commencement Cornell Arts Quad

A Selection of Past Ensemble Programs

2008 Izmir Program
2009 Istanbul Program
2010 Spring Performance Program