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Date: April 3, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College World Music Ensemble to Hold Concert April 13
Student Group to Perform Songs and Dances Based on Water Themes

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The Montgomery College World Ensemble will perform its year-end concert on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m., featuring songs and dances based on water themes. The concert, “Water Music for Life,” will take place in the Theatre Arts Arena, located on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. This concert is free and open to the public.

Directed by Montgomery College Professor Dawn Avery, the Montgomery College World Ensemble is made up of students and community members, who have trained over the year to learn music from around the world. The program includes West African drumming with special guest Mahiri Edwards of Farafina Kan, a Serbian water dance with guests Sonja and Anna Vlajnic performing with Montgomery College dancers, Native American dancers Erin Washington and Louie Paul, Korean Kayagum player Melanie Pinkert, African American music sung by the Montgomery College Chamber Singers and conducted by Molly Donnelly, plus works from Colombia, Jamaica, and Persia.

This year, the Montgomery College World Music Ensemble and its director organized workshops and concerts with water themes to raise awareness about the United Nations’ goal to “reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.” The ensemble’s efforts have raised $1,000 for 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 the United States. The April concert is the culmination of the ensemble’s work.

The ensemble is in its fourth season at Montgomery College. Its members have performed at various Montgomery College events, plus the Montgomery County Executive’s Ball and the Takoma Park Street Festival.

For more information, call the Montgomery College Music Department at 301-279-5209 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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