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Rice University presents Performing Asia - Music of Turkey with Hoppa Project, a Turkish music festival. The main events of the festival will take place September 15th-16th and will include two concerts. Lectures will also be held September 15th - October 20th. Preceding the festival, a library exhibition featuring Turkish music scores and instruments will be held at Fondren Library starting on August 26th and will be open to the public through the end of September. The festival will feature music from the Ottoman Empire, Folk Music, and contemporary music of Turkey.

Music will be performed by Hoppa Project, an ensemble dedicated to promoting music of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, with guest artists clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, pianist Ayşe Taşpınar. The events will also include premieres by composers Kamran İnce, Önder Özkoç and Erberk Eryılmaz.

There will be several lectures on Turkish music history and other aspects that surround the music of Turkey, such as Ataturk’s cultural contributions, Turkish history, and Rumi and religion. Speakers will include Dr. David Cook and Dr. Melissa Marschall, Rice University, Dr. Cengiz Şişman, University of Houston Clear Lake, Dr. Kamran İnce, University of Memphis, and Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar.


We are excited to present the music and culture of Turkey with our city, Houston. We hope to contribute to the rich cultural diversity by sharing this exciting music from the other side of the world. 

We would like to give a huge thank you to our sponsoring organizations Asia Society Texas and

ATA-Houston (American Turkish Association - Houston), as well as Özlem Adra, Mary Brower, and Dr. Shih-Hui Chen for making this festival happen! 


Laura Krentzman and Erberk Eryılmaz

co-directors of Hoppa Project





All festival events held at Rice University are free of charge

Concert at Asia Society Texas is $20 for general public and $15 for Asia Society members



Turkish Music of the Past

Friday, September 15

6:30 pm Part I: Music from the Ottoman Empire

Historical introduction by Dr. Cengiz Şişman

Pianist Dr. Ayşe Taşpınar presents solo piano and cello-piano works by Sultan Abdülmecid, Edgar Manas, Vardapet Komitas, Tigran Tchouhadjian, Khalifah Abdülmecid Efendi, and Cemil Arif Bey


7:15 pm Reception featuring Turkish cuisine


8:00 pm Part II: Folk Music and Music from the Republic of Turkey


Variety of Turkish folk music performed by clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski accompanied by Turkish folk percussion

Hoppa Project performs piano and violin-piano works by Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Piano Quintet by Ulvi Cemal Erkin


Asia Society of Texas

1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004



Turkish Music Now

Saturday, September 16 at 8 pm

Clarinet concertos by Erberk Eryılmaz and Önder Özkoç featuring clarinet soloist Ismail Lumanovski, and piano quartet by Kamran İnce performed by Hoppa Project.

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Hall

6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005





Thursday, September 7

2:30 – 3:45 pm Dr. Cengiz Şişman: The Last Empire: The Fall of the Ottomans and the Rise of the Turkish Republic

3:45 – 5:00 pm Erberk Eryılmaz: Introduction to Turkish Music
Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Room 1402

Thursday, September 14

2:30 – 5:00 pm Dr. David Cook: Rumi and Sufism

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Room 1402


Friday, September 15

2:00 – 3:20 pm Kamran İnce: The works and career of Turkish composer Kamran İnce

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Room 1402


Saturday, September 16   

1:00 – 1:50 pm Dr. Melissa Marschall: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the development of the Turkish Republic and his state building project


2:00 – 3:50 pm Erberk Eryılmaz: Introduction to Turkey’s recent generations of composers

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Room 1131



Friday, September 15 - 4 pm Opening reception

Music from Turkey: Classical, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Asian Music. Lecture and exhibition of Turkish music scores, recordings, and instruments.

Open during library hours. For more information:

Exhibition runs from September 15 through October 20.


Rice University, Fondren Library

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