The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music programs its Spring Festival of World Music annually, featuring our world-renowned ensembles supported by our Department of Ethnomusicology.

 

The festival is free and open to the public. We encourage registration for specific concerts, as seating is limited. You will find details (including registration links) on the event pages linked below.

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May 17 2024
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Music of Turkey and Korea
The Music of Turkey Ensemble and the Music of Korea Ensemble showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage. In the Music of Turkey Ensemble class, students learn to perform the vocal and instrumental repertoire from art music, fasil, folk, and other genres found in Turkey and its periphery. Students may choose to sing
Schoenberg Hall
May 18 2024
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Music of China and Thailand
The Music of China Ensemble and Music of Thailand Ensemble showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage. The Music of China Ensemble performs arias from Kun opera of the 15th century, silk-and-bamboo music from the Shanghai area, folk dances for festive celebration, zheng zither music in the Keijia style from Canton Province,
Schoenberg Hall
May 23 2024
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Music of Java and Armenia
The Music of Java Ensemble and the Armenian Music Ensemble showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage. The Music of Java Ensemble centers on the music of Central Javanese gamelan, a percussion-dominated musical ensemble featuring tuned bronze gongs, bronze metallophones, and drums, along with flutes, zither, vocals, and spiked fiddle. The ensemble
Schoenberg Hall
May 30 Thu
7:00pm
Free
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Music of The Old Time String Band, Klezmer Music Ensemble and African American Music Ensemble 
The Old Time String Band, Klezmer Music Ensemble, and African American Music Ensemble showcase music from these traditions on the same stage. The Old-Time String Band Ensemble, formerly the Anglo-American Ensemble, performs traditional music of rural America. Old-Time is a genre of music that has roots in very old traditional music cultures. It is as
Schoenberg Hall
Jun 1 Sat
7:00pm
Free
world-music
Music of India and Mexico
The Music of India Ensemble and the Music of Mexico Ensemble showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage. The Indian Music Ensembles focus on the performance of Indian classical music on the sitar and tabla. These are group classes where students begin learning the basic techniques of sitar while learning aspects of
Schoenberg Hall
Jun 2 Sun
4:00pm
Free
world-music
Music of Bali and Music and Dance of Ghana
The Music of Bali Ensemble and Music and Dance of Ghana Ensemble showcase traditional music from these regions on the same stage. The Music of Bali Ensemble features gamelan (the generic Indonesian word for orchestra) music and dance. The Balinese gamelan gong kebyar is famous for its fast tempos, abrupt changes of texture, and brilliantly
Schoenberg Hall