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  • Date: April 5, 2005
    Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

    Montgomery College Student Group to Play Music from Around the World
    World Ensemble Celebrates Sounds of Asia, Latin and South America, Africa on April 14

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    The Montgomery College World Ensemble will perform a concert of music from Asia, Latin and South America, Africa, and Native America on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m., in the Theatre Arts Arena, located in the Theatre Arts Building on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD.  The Montgomery College Dance Company will accompany the student musicians with unique dances that showcase the cultural diversity of the songs. 


    Directed by Professor Dawn Avery, the Montgomery College World Ensemble is open to students and the community.  Current members range in age from late teens to more than 50 years old.  The ensemble meets weekly to practice and play music from around the world, allowing students to learn new instruments weekly.  For instance, students may play African djembe on one song, rattles on another, and end on cello in the final piece.


    “The World Ensemble gives students personal, hands-on education in a variety of styles of music,” says Professor Avery.  “It’s a place to grow personally, culturally and creatively.  Members are encouraged to share their newfound appreciation of world music with the community.”


    Professor Avery, director of the World Ensemble, performed on the Grammy-nominated album, “Breath of Heaven,” with Grover Washington, Jr. and played for more than 10 years with the Soldier String Quartet, specializing in Delta Blues.  Currently, Avery is teaching music at Montgomery College and touring with her own world music ensemble, Okenti, and the Sussan Deyhim Band.


    For more information about the Montgomery College Music Department, call 301-279-5035 or log on to



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