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March 20, 2001

Classical, Andalusian and Tunisian Music Concert at CSUS

The Al-Farabi Ensemble of Tunis will give a free concert at California State University, Sacramento at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24 in the Music Recital Hall in Capistrano Hall.

The ensemble has been performing together for more than 10 years and its repertoire includes classical Andalusian music, Adwar signing, traditional Tunisian music and modern Arabic music.

The six-member Tunisian group includes sitar, lute, violin and percussion players and two female signers.

Tunisian music is characterized by the diversity of its styles and its variety of rhythms. Among the main forms of classical Tunisian music are the Chghoul, the Bachraf of Turkish origin and the Nouba, the oldest and most authentic form from Andalusian origin. The Al-Farabi Ensemble will perform pieces from all three Tunisian musical forms, as well as other selected modern pieces.

The concert is part of the University's Year of Unity - a campus-wide commitment to promote peace, tolerance and understanding and is co-sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and
Interdisciplinary Studies, the sociology department and the Middle East Cultural Association.

For more information about the concert call (916) 278-6267. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.




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