Los Angeles Philharmonic Violinist Visits Texas Tech

The International Cultural Center hosts Vijay Gupta.

The International Cultural Center (ICC) of Texas Tech University welcomes Vijay Gupta as he presents “Why Music Education Is Essential.” The presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sep. 18) in the ICC Auditorium, located at 601 Indiana Ave.

According to the Los Angeles Downtown News, Vijay Gupta is “The Most Interesting Man in the [Philharmonic Orchestra].” He is the youngest player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and has become a world-renowned advocate for the redemptive and regenerative power of music. He holds a master’s in music from Yale University.

“In a day in which the educational priority is Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), it is refreshing to encounter someone who is as passionately dedicated to music education as Vijay Gupta,” Jane Bell, senior director of ICC outreach and operations, said. “Even though he was urged by his parents to become a doctor and practice music on the side, he was unable to transform his passion into a mere weekend hobby. His talk at the International Cultural Center will focus on the need for music education in schools.”

In his presentation, Gupta will share his personal journey in music education, describing his experiences as a young musician struggling to find the meaning in music with the lack of programs and support. The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation is sponsored by the CH Foundation, the Office of International Affairs, Office of Global Health and the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spirituality.

The ICC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this event call (806) 742-3667.

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CONTACT: Jane Bell, senior director of outreach and operations, International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3667 or jane.bell@ttu.edu.