The Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble will be performing at 8 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall on Monday April 26.

The ensemble, which consists of percussion, alto and tenor saxophone, flute, violin, bass and oud players is under the leadership of Ensemble Coaches Eric La Perna and Amos Libby.

According to Professor of Music and director of the ensemble Mary Hunter, the formation of the Bowdoin Music ensemble in 2006 coincided with the addition of the course "Music of the Arab World."

Bowdoin instrumentalists said they have found the ensemble to be a rewarding outlet.

"I've played the flute for a long time and really wanted to play in a musical group this semester... I decided to join even though I had never played Middle Eastern Music before," said Emma Cutler '13. "At first, it was challenging because it was so different from other music I had played, but now I really enjoy it and am glad that I decided to give it a try."

On Monday, the musicians' hard work will pay off with a performance of Turkish music.

The concert will gradually build in a style Hunter compares to a "Whirling Dervish ceremony." There will be vocals, sung by Libby, as well as self-choreographed dance accompaniment by the Bowdoin Belly Dance Club.

-Compiled by Daisy Alioto.