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Date: October 29, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

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Montgomery College Students, Professor Collaborate with Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian to Premier New Chamber Works at Three Area Concerts
Professor Dawn Avery and Student World Ensemble to Perform at Montgomery College, University of Maryland and the National Museum of the American Indian, Nov. 4, 7, 9

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Montgomery College music professor Dawn Avery, a composer and performer with Mohawk heritage, and producer of the College’s World Arts Festival, along with student musicians from the Montgomery College World Ensemble will premiere three new chamber works for the first Native American Chamber Trio called Three Sides Taagi Trio. The first performance is Tuesday, November 4 at Montgomery College’s Music Recital Hall on the Rockville Campus. See below for the complete schedule of events. A special feature of each event is a question and answer session with the performers and artists.

The main performers are Professor Avery on cello and voice, Steven Alvarez (Apache Mescalero heritage) on percussion and Tara-Louise Montour (Mohawk heritage) on the violin. Collaborations include those by Janet-Marie Rogers a Mohawk/ Tuscarora poet and performance artist; Chris Bose, a N’iaka Pamux filmmaker who recently won awards for his films at the Montreal Film Festival; and Jan Longboat, a Mohawk elder and medicine woman, who will narrate part of the Mohawk tradition.

Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. (as part of the Montgomery College Arts Institute’s World Arts Festival
Montgomery College Rockville Campus)
Music Recital Hall, located in the Music Building
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, Md.
Contact: 240-567-7554

Friday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
University of Maryland, College Park
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre
University Boulevard and Stadium Drive
College Park, Md.
Contact: 301-405-ARTS 

Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m.
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Rasmuson Theatre
Fourth Street and Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC
Contact: 202-633-6628
*All events are free of charge and open to the public.

For a detailed listing of concerts at Montgomery College, visit

For information about the concerts at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, visit

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