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Middle East Music Ensemble

This time, instead of European/American classical music, let’s try some classical music from the Middle East.  The University of Chicago's Middle East Music Ensemble features classical and popular music from throughout the Middle East, performing on traditional instruments. I’ve been to some of their performances, and they are great.

This concert is FREE and will feature classical and folk music from Turkey.   No tickets are required; however, I was told by someone at the International House that these concerts fill up fast, so we need to meet at 6pm (the concert begins at 6:30pm) to make sure we get seats together.  I will meet everyone in the main lobby just inside the front door.

This is probably the one place in Hyde Park where parking won’t be a problem (at least on a Sunday).  The International House is between Blackstone and Dorchester, one block north of Midway Plaisance. If taking Lake Shore Drive south, exit at 57th St. (Museum of Science and Industry exit). 57th briefly curves onto Cornell. To park on 59th St., turn right from Cornell back onto 57th, then left on Stony Island, then right on 59th. To park on Midway Plaisance, stay on Cornell to Midway Plaisance, then turn right.

To find out more about the Middle East Music Ensemble, visit their website at http://meme.uchicago.edu/Middle_East_Music_Ensemble_%40_University_of_Chicago/Home.html

To get information about the International House, visit http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/

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  • Terry S.

    Very interesting music and very enjoyable people. Dinner afterwards was a lot of fun too. A good time. Terry S.

    March 13, 2012

  • Kimberly

    I was actually there but late so I sat by myself. Concert was wonderful!

    March 13, 2012

  • Deborah

    The music was unique and I enjoyed the performance.

    March 12, 2012

  • Jeffrey

    very well performed, excellent musicians

    March 12, 2012

  • mandry

    I had a great time at the concert (wonderful music) and after at Medicis!

    March 12, 2012

  • DIANE G.

    The concert was great and the group was easy to find. Everyone was friendly. Thanks Donna for organizing this event and hope to join you on future events. diane

    March 12, 2012

  • Michele W.

    Wonderful music!

    March 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have sent my cell number to everyone who has RSVPd "yes" for tonight, so please check your email for that number.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone is interested, we can go to Medici after the concert for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. We can discuss this when we meet tonight.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to be clear: We will NOT be meeting at a restaurant prior to the concert. Meet me in the lobby of the International House at 6pm if you're planning to sit with the group for the concert.

    March 11, 2012

  • Jeffrey

    i am thinking of going to medici. i assumed that there would be a bunch of people and didn't need to rsvp. but, if no one is going maybe i won't either.

    March 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terry,
    I'm not sure if anyone is going to Medici. I have not heard from anyone, and no one has volunteered to be the contact person for the restaurant, so just plan on meeting us at the concert at 6pm.

    March 9, 2012

  • Terry S.

    If we want to join the group at Medici, do we need to contact anyone or just come at 4:45

    March 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's go with Medici. I'm not sure I can make it for dinner before the concert (or I may be late if I do come), so if someone is willing to be the contact person at Medici, that would be great. Let's say 4:45 at Medici; that will give everyone an hour to eat and 15 minutes to walk to the concert (we have to meet at 6pm at International House).

    March 8, 2012

  • Jeffrey

    the noodle joint is pan-asian. i would prefer medici, a hyde park "landmark". they also have pizza and veggie burgers.

    March 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are four restaurants on 57th street. Edwardos, a noodle joint, a Greek diner and the Medici (burgers, sandwiches, salads). I suggest going a bit further to the Nile on 55th street. It's a middle eastern restaurants about a 15 minute walk from IHouse.

    March 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donna, Thank you so much! See you there!

    January 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Renata, you can park on 59th Street or Midway Plaisance, one block south. See the driving instructions above. I went ice skating at Midway Plaisance last Sunday, and street parking was no problem at all. It's pretty quiet around there on Sundays.

    January 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are there any parkings nearby?

    January 26, 2012

  • Jeffrey

    Ying Qi, international house is on 59th st. not 63rd. i've been there numerous times, no problems. perhaps whomever is giving you advice is not really familiar with the area and talking about rumors.

    January 19, 2012

  • Ying Q.

    Thanks. I'd like to join. But I heard that it's not safe around 63rd street....

    January 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's safe. I'd go there before I'd go to certain areas on the north side at night. I've been to Hyde Park many times in the evening.

    January 17, 2012

  • Ying Q.

    Is it a safe area during the evening?

    January 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jeffrey, not set on Edwardo's at all. I mentioned it because it's the only restaurant I've seen within 2-3 blocks of the International House. If you know of some others in that area, please let me know. Thanks.

    January 9, 2012

  • Jeffrey

    for the middle eastern concert, march 11, unless you are set on edwardo's, i seem to remember that there are a number of restaurants within a couple of blocks, on 57th. darned if i can remember the details. perhaps i can talk to someone and send you more info, or, there is an off chance i can go by there when i am at the u of c folk festival, feb.10-12

    jeffrey

    January 8, 2012

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