Concert a preview of Carnegie Hall performance

Concert a preview of Carnegie Hall performance

For musicians, a performance at New York's historic Carnegie Hall is a milestone. Dr. Selim Giray, associate professor of violin and viola at Pittsburg State University, and Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti, assistant professor of music at Ohio Wesleyan University, will mark that milestone with a performance in Carnegie Hall's elegant Weill Recital Hall on Jan. 8, 2012.

Giray and Mahamuti will preview their Carnegie Hall program with a special free performance at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, in McCray Recital Hall on the Pittsburg State University campus.

Giray, who is music director and conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the PSU Chamber Orchestra has performed extensively on four continents and has appeared frequently on radio and television. In addition to his duties at Pittsburg State University, Giray also serves as the concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Ohio Light Opera. In 2010, he was appointed field editor for the Mellen Press.

A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Giray graduated from Istanbul State Conservatory and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory and earned his doctorate from Florida State University.

Mahamuti is the first Chinese Uighur to receive a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance in the U.S. Her performances have taken her to Canada, major cities throughout China (with broadcast on radio and State TV), and the Midwest and East coast of the U.S. As a guest pianist, she performed Camille Saint-Saens' "Le carnaval des animaux" with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra during the 2010-2011 concert season.

Mahamuti holds two master of music degrees, one in piano performance from Pittsburg State University and one in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Harbin Normal University in China. She earned her doctorate in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

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