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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 16, 2008


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Partnership with Carnegie Hall Connects Music Students in New York City with Peers in Istanbul, Turkey

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Carnegie Hall, is pleased to announce a central event in a one-year program to connect New York City music students with their peers in Istanbul, Turkey. During this school year, these youths have communicated with each other online and learned about their respective cultures and musical heritage. On December 16, the students were linked via digital video conference to attend, virtually, concerts by the Turkish clarinetist Selim Sesler in Istanbul and by the Maurice Brown jazz quintet in Carnegie Hall.

The Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange Program, presented by The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, provides the opportunity for students throughout New York City to explore the music and culture of a chosen country. In 2008 – 2009, students have been learning about the music and culture of Turkey through sequential lessons and an exchange of ideas with their overseas peers via an online community. The program culminates with two live concerts by musicians in the United States and Turkey performing via digital video conference, on December 16 and on April 7, 2009.

Beginning in 2009, a new group of students will participate in a similar exchange between New York and New Delhi, India. As with the Turkey exchange, these students will communicate with their peers overseas and establish relationships to promote greater mutual understanding. The India program will also feature two concerts, on February 12 and May 13, 2009.


Media Contact: David C. Grier, 202-203-7007 or GrierDC@state.gov

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Released on December 16, 2008

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