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Date: November 11, 2004 (04-104) 

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EDITORS: THE BAND SCHEDULED TO PERFORM AT THE MONTGOMERY COLLEGE WORLD ARTS FESTIVAL CONCERT ON THURSDAY, NOV. 18, THE NAWAHTI ENSEMBLE, HAS CHANGED.  THE MEMORIAS DE LOS ANDES BAND IS THE NEW CONCERT PERFORMER.  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS FOUND IN THIS UPDATED PRESS RELEASE.

World Arts Festival Concert to Feature Music by Memorias de los Andes
South American Musical Quartet to Play Pipes, Flute, and Strings, Nov. 18

        Montgomery College presents Memorias de los Andes in concert on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Rockville Campus Music Building, Music Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee Street.  The concert is part of the College’s third annual World Arts Festival, a yearlong celebration of music, dance, and storytelling.  Produced by Montgomery College Music Professor Dawn Avery, all festival events are free and open to the public.            

            Memorias de los Andes features the talents of Washington-area residents Billy Castillo, Ernesto Bravo, Diego Bayer, and John Plaza.  The musicians play traditional South American instruments, such as the quena (bamboo notch flute), zampoña (panpipe), moxeño (bass flute), tiple (12-string steel guitar), to achieve a sound that they describe as “a classical music bred in the South American highlands, a New Age sound without the artificial ingredients, folklore that has outgrown the fetters of tradition, or dream music that dances a merry jig.”   

World Arts Festival events are sponsored by the Arts Institute, the Music & Women’s Studies Departments, Office of Equity and Diversity, and The Gatherings of the Office of Student Life at Montgomery College. Funding provided by grants from The Webber Family Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

For additional information about the concert or future World Arts Festival events, contact Professor Dawn Avery, festival producer, at 240-567-5035 or log on to www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/musicrv.

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