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Monday, October 2, 2023


Musical duo provides global perspective

As one of the most diverse schools in the nation, the University of Houston is host to many multicultural events.

The Moores School of Music is adding to this reputation by presenting a guest recital with Indian music duo David and Chandrakantha Courtney in hopes of expanding the University’s cultural appreciation.

"Indian music seemed like something on the different side," performer David Courtney said, reminiscing on why he adopted the music style. "I just want to share my love for Indian music with the Houston community."

The Moores School of Music requires its students attend a certain number of recitals each year. During a search for recitals for her students, associate ethnomusology professor Barbara Lange found the Courtney duo.

"Indian music has a grand style spanning thousands of years," Lange said. "I always want the music majors to appreciate the poetry and artistry of other cultures."

The Courtney duo is a husband-and-wife team that teaches and performs Indian music. They have performed across South Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe.

The recital features performances in classical and semi-classical Indian music, incorporates sitar and other Indian instruments and includes a lecture.

"I’m hoping that many people will hear this music and be intrigued by it," David Courtney said. "You can’t enjoy music if you don’t know about it."

The performance will take place at 1 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Building, Dudley Recital Hall. Admission is free for students. Visit for more information.

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