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Date: September 17, 2004 (04-83) 

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Montgomery College Hosts Fall World Arts Festival
Events Feature Music, Dance, and Storytelling Starting Sept. 23 

            Montgomery College will host its third annual World Arts Festival with music concerts, dance, and storytelling throughout September, October, and November.  Produced by Montgomery College Music Professor Dawn Avery, all festival events are free and open to the public. 

The first evening concert will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m., by Origem, a Brazilian jazz ensemble, in the Montgomery College Music Building, Music Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee Street, in Rockville.  Origem’s members include Alejandro Lucini, winner of last year’s WAMMY for best Latin percussionist, and Leonardo Lucini, a world renowned electric bassist.

            On Thursday, Sept. 30, percussionist N. Scott Robinson and flutist Mark Holland will perform together in concert at 8 p.m. in the Music Building, Music Recital Hall, at the Rockville Campus, and will present two workshops at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Music Building, Rehearsal Hall.  Robinson specializes in exotic percussion from all over the world and has performed or recorded with Glen Velez, Benny Carter, Jeanie Bryson, and many other musicians.  Robinson teaches at Towson UniversityMark Holland showcases the versatility of the Native American flute and features its sound with many diverse Western and non-Western instruments.  He has recorded 11 CDs on the Cedar n’ Sage label and tours regularly around the country.

            A team of Indian musicians and dancers present Gajamukha, a production revolving around the elephant-faced Hindu deity, on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m., in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street.  This free lecture and demonstration is presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society.  Musical compositions are in Sanskrit and Tamil. 

            The Tango Camerata will hold workshops for the public on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in the Music Building, Room 124, Rockville Campus, at 51 Mannakee Street.  Formed in Atlanta, Georgia, The Tango Camerata is an Argentine tango musical ensemble led by bandoneon master Daniel Diaz. 

            On Thursday, Nov. 4, Joseph Stands With Many will join Ron Warren for a Cherokee music and storytelling workshop for students and the community at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Music Building, Room 124, Rockville Campus.  Workshops will also be held on Wednesday, November 10, at 2 p.m., in the Campus Center, Student Lounge, Rockville Campus.

            New York City percussionist Tom McGrath will visit Montgomery College on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for a series of workshops at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., in the Music Building, Room 124, on the Rockville Campus.

            Memorias de los Andes will play in concert on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Rockville Campus Music Building, Music Recital Hall, 51 Mannakee Street. The quartet features the talents of Washington-area residents Billy Castillo, Ernesto Bravo, Diego Bayer, and John Plaza, who 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 inspired by the Andes.

            To request disability-related accommodations, contact Professor Dawn Avery, festival producer, at 240-567-5035 at least two weeks prior to the event.  A $5 donation is suggested for the evening performances to help support the music scholarship fund.  For additional information, log on to or call 240-567-5035.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.