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Date: January 25, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Englewinds and Montgomery College World Ensemble to Perform in Concert
Benefit Musical Performance will be Held at MC-Rockville Campus, Feb. 6

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Englewinds and the Montgomery College World Ensemble will perform a concert of contemporary classical chamber and popular music, based on indigenous themes, on Monday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m.  The concert will be held at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  Tickets are $10, with proceeds going toward student music scholarships and the Montgomery College World Ensemble’s “Water Music for Life Project.”

The concert will feature original works written by award-winning composers Sarah Davol, Dawn Avery, Lawrence Ink, Joanne Shenandoah and Amadou Kouyate.  Sarah Davol directs Englewinds, an ensemble that specializes in environmentally themed music by living composers.  Made up of New York City musicians, Englewinds has performed at Lincoln Center, the National Women’s Museum, the Ethical Culture Center, and the Kennedy Center. 

Composer Dawn Avery is a Montgomery College music professor and director of the Montgomery College World Ensemble.  The ensemble started four years ago and specializes in using art, film, music, and dance to educate others about indigenous cultures.  Since last year, the ensemble has been learning music and dances based on water themes.  Training has been provided through residency programs and workshops funded by the Webber Family Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the Montgomery College Arts Institute, Music Department and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

This concert will launch the Montgomery College World Ensemble’s “Water Music for Life Project.”  A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to United Nations-sanctioned organizations working to improve water supplies and provide safe drinking water in countries such as Honduras, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, India, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh.

The United Nations wants to ensure the world’s environmental sustainability by making it one of the Millennium Development Goals.  To reach this goal by 2015, UN member nation states have pledged to “reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.”  The MC World Ensemble’s “Water Music for Life Project” is hosted by students and faculty of the MC World Ensemble and the College’s Women’s Studies and Honors Programs.  Future “Water Music for Life” performances will be held on March 8 and April 13 in the Theatre Arts Arena.

Additional dates for performances and workshops can be accessed online at: www.montgomerycollege.edu/departments/musicrv or www.dawnavery.com.  For more information, call the Montgomery College Music Department at 301-279-5035 or send an e-mail to dawn.avery@montgomerycollege.edu.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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