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UHD Hosts World-Renowned Turkish Pianist and Musicologist During Citizenship Month Houston

Approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and community leaders enjoyed a special performance by internationally renowned Turkish pianist and musicologist Evren Kutlay, Ph.D. this week at UHD. The University hosted the event - an initiative of Citizenship Month Houston - that was co-sponsored by the Raindrop Foundation, which promotes the Turkish culture in Houston, and Star Learning.

In his welcoming remarks, UHD President Bill Flores shared that Citizenship Month Houston is a call to service and highlights our global city and the many international communities that call Houston home. In fact, the theme of Citizenship Month Houston, "Celebrating the Many Faces of Houston," emphasizes the diversity and blending of cultures, which helps make Houston strong.

Kutlay, herself, is a native of Turkey and is an associate professor of music and musicology at Yildiz Technical University. She received a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Georgia, as well as a doctorate in musicology from Istanbul University. In addition to her solo and chamber music concerts, she maintains an active research agenda in the area of Turkish-European musical interaction through the centuries.

Among those in attendance were Mehmet Okumus, president of the Raindrop Foundation and Tarik Celik, president of Star Learning.

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