Arab Music Ensemble

Open to all students in the Penn community as well as to members of the greater Philadelphia community, this ensemble explores a wide range of Arab music and provides students with the opportunity to learn through coachings provided by several professional performers of Arab music. The Arab Music Ensemble participates in performances hosted and organized by PennMusic and members will also have the opportunity to perform at functions and events around Penn’s campus.

Director’s Bio

Hanna Khuri, an Arab-Israeli, is a violinist and violist trained in both Western classical and Arabic classical music styles. In addition to directing the Arab Music ensemble at Penn, Khuri is the Artistic Director of the Arabesque Music Ensemble, with whom he has led nationwide tours, performing traditional Arab music in major venues and universities. He is also a violinist and Arab music advisor with Intercultural Journeys, frequently performing with cellist Ohad Bar-David. Khuri recently toured with Lebanese superstar Fairuz and played lead violin with Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Saher and Grammy winner Youssou N'Dour. In addition, Khuri can be heard on several pop recordings including Grammy-nominated song "Beautiful Liar" (featuring Beyonce and Shakira), and "Love and Compassion" (featuring Paula Cole and Kazem Al-Saher).  Khuri recorded strings for Shakira’s Grammy performance of "Hips Don’t Lie," and he has collaborated with musician/composer Roustom on multiple projects, including an Arabic jazz album with Al-Zafeer Ensemble. A recipient of the America-Israel Scholarship and Qattan Foundation Award, Khuri graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors from UCLA with a Bachelor's in Economics and Music Performance, and obtained his Master's degree in Music from Temple University.  He received his PhD in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.

Rehearsal Schedule

Arab Music Ensemble: Mondays, 6:00-9:00; Music Building 101, 102

Upcoming Performances

Schedule TBA. Please check back later.