Friday, January 17, 2020

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Venue: Edward R. Allen Education Center

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7:30 PM
Presented By
Asia Society Texas Center
Event Type
World Music

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​Berklee professor Beth Bahia, master of Turkish bowed instruments

Carpe Diem String Quartet, America's premiere "indie" string quartet



Carnegie Mellon University professor, world-renowned composer Reza Vali 



January 17, 2020, 7:30 PM, Asia Society Texas Center

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Pre-concert talk and showcase of instruments with the musicians at 7 PM


Join us in exploring the unexpected with the third annual Turkish Music Festival, highlighting the thousand-year connection between Turkish music and that of the surrounding cultures of Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Master of regional bowed instruments and Berklee College of Music professor Beth Bahia Cohen will take the stage alongside boundary-breaking ensemble Carpe Diem String Quartet and Hoppa Project musicians to showcase a selection of the regions' distinct musical traditions, interwoven through time and place.



About Hoppa Project

Hoppa Project, directed Erberk Eryılmaz and Laura Krentzman, aims to promote music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East by performing the music of the region with a wide range of styles from folk to newly commissioned contemporary music. Hoppa is an exclamation that is commonly used in the region to say “Come on!, Let’s go!” This is the attitude we feel is needed to share what we love. Our goal is to expose people to a culture that they might not know well and also bring foreigners abroad back home with music. Hoppa Project brings western and eastern trained musicians together in order to discover cultural connections.


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For more information about Hoppa Project and the Third Annual Turkish Music Festival, please visit

Ensemble Name
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Charles Wetherbee, Marisa Ishikawa, Korine Fujiwara, Gregory Sauer; Beth Bahia Cohen
Ljova, Vali, Eryılmaz

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Program includes:


Culai          LJOVA (Lev Zhurbin)

Ashoob      VALI 

Hoppa!3     ERYILMAZ

Dances of the Yogurt Maker    ERYILMAZ


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Performing Arts and Culture programs are presented by Wells Fargo. Major support for Performing Arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, The Hearst Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Mary Lawrence Porter, Houston Endowment, and the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. This program is presented in partnership with Hoppa Project, American Turkish Association of Houston, and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

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