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Published: Mon Nov 21, 2011


An American violinist living in Kabul, Afghanistan, will be at Tennessee Tech University Tuesday, Nov. 22, to lecture and perform.

William Harvey will speak about how the events of Sept. 11, 2001 led him to found a non-profit organization, “Cultures in Harmony,” to forge connections across cultural and national barriers through music. Harvey had arrived at the Julliard School in New York City on Sept. 6, 2001; the tragedies five days later changed his life forever.

A lecture and performance will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a solo performance at 7:30 p.m. that night. Sponsored by Center Stage, both events are free and open to the public and will take place in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Harvey has led 17 Cultures in Harmony projects in 11 countries and has lectured at universities in Pakistan and Washington D.C. and at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.

In Afghanistan, he is the violin and viola teacher for the Ministry of Education in Kabul, where he teaches at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. He is one of two founding conductors of the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which he has conducted in front of Hamid Karzai, that nation’s president.