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Date: April 17, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Celebrates Mozart’s Birthday with Concert, May 7
‘Viva Amadeus!’ to Feature College Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

The Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present a concert, “Viva Amadeus!,” on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m., to celebrate the 250th birthday of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The free concert will take place at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Wen Kurkul, will perform Mozart’s Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro;” Clarinet Concerto first movement; Violin Concerto No. 3, third movement; and Symphony No. 40, first movement.

Two of the orchestra’s student members, Jennifer Hughson and Josh Chik, will be featured soloists. Hughson, a clarinetist, and Chik, a violinist, are both Montgomery County Public Schools students in the Empowered to Excel program, which allows high school students to play in the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra, receive Student Service Learning (SSL) hours and earn college credit. Hughson will attend the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music on a music scholarship in the fall. Chik won the orchestra’s violin concerto competition for the honor of performing the concert’s violin solo.

The chorus will join the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Requiem, conducted by Dr. Molly Donnelly. The 65-person chorus is made up of students, community members and alumni choristers. The four vocal soloists will be voice faculty Joy Stevans and Denise Lindekugel, voice alumnus Alex Albuquerque, and guest soloist Keith Hudspeth.

For more information, please contact the College’s Music Department at 301-279-5209.

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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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