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International violinist visits Tech from Afghanistan

By Biskie Holman
On November 17, 2011

World-renowned violinist William Harvey will be performing at Tech Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Harvey will be performing at Tech because of joint efforts by Professor Dan Allcott and the Center Stage concerts.

"Harvey is an incredible musician," Alcott said.  "He's like my hero. He's done so much with his music to help other people, and give them the opportunities to make their own music."

Harvey and Allcott first worked together at the Indianapolis Symphony, Harvey's hometown.

Harvey later went to Juilliard School of Music, arriving in New York just days before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.  Harvey began playing for the soldiers and rescue workers who had been clearing Ground Zero.

It was by doing this that Harvey realized how music can unite people across the world.

Harvey had the idea that he could begin by sharing his music in Afghanistan. However, at the time, music was outlawed by the Taliban. But once the Afghan government heard Harvey and listened to his proposal, he was invited by the head of the ministry of education to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Harvey now resides in Kabul year-round and continues to teach.

For more information on Harvey's story, students can attend a convocation given by Harvey on Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. in the RUC Multipurpose Room.

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