Native American Flutist R. Carlos Nakai to Perform “Bridging Traditions”  at Montgomery College, March 8 Acclaimed Musician will Play with Cellist, Composer and Montgomery College Faculty Member, Dawn Avery

Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, a seven-time Grammy nominee, will perform on March 8, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Montgomery College’s Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md. Tickets are $20, and $5 for students with a Montgomery College ID. Proceeds will benefit Montgomery College music scholarships.

Presented by the Montgomery College Arts Institute and the Music Department, “Bridging Traditions: An Evening of World Premieres of Chamber Works,” is a collaboration with students and faculty of Montgomery College, the Arkaira String Quartet, Jay Winter Nightwolf, Ron Warren and the Musical Offering Flute Ensemble. Vanita Hall Jones is the conductor. This performance is part of the College’s World Arts Festival.

Nakai brings a unique artistry to performances in the symphonic and chamber music traditions.  His melding of the Native American flute with European classical music requires an artistry that understands two disparate musical traditions while mastering the technical demands of both.

Nakai’s artistic aspirations have always included classical music performance. This desire, somewhat unusual within the Native American community, was born of Nakai’s education in music theory and trumpet performance. In the early 1980s he began playing the traditional flute.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/reppac/ or call 240-567-5209. For maps and directions to the Rockville Campus, visit http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps.

For more information about R. Carlos Nakai, visit http://www.rcarlosnakai.com/.

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