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Two Montgomery College Events to Highlight World’s Water Issues May 6 MC World Ensemble Concert, and Presentation to Feature Water-Themed Works

The Montgomery College World Ensemble will present a concert dedicated to the theme of water and water-related issues on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. The ensemble will perform original, traditional and contemporary music from around the world. The ensemble, directed by Montgomery College Professor Dawn Avery, includes Montgomery College Arts Institute artists-in-residence Didier Prossaird, Thomaz DeCastro and Amadou Kouyate. Avery also performs with the ensemble.

The concert will feature a chamber orchestra performing Handel’s “Water Music,” Serbian rain dances and Arabic xatif; a wind trio performing an Israeli water suite; a reggae/blues band performing original music about racism and global water issues; a large Latin band playing salsa, samba and vallenato; an African Djembe orchestra performing music of the Manding and an ensemble playing an original student composition based on Japanese water melodies.

Earlier on May 6, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus, the Counseling Department and World Arts Festival at Montgomery College will host the “Water for Life Gathering” featuring live music and presentations about water.

This project is part of the United Nations’ “Water for Life” initiative to increase awareness and funding of global water issues. In preparation for these events, Montgomery College students have been participating in the National Issues Forum with the College’s Office of Equity and Diversity to research water policies and issues to develop original compositions, scholarly papers, concerts, visual art, educational outreach programs, fundraising and community events. Students are also actively participating in the UNICEF Tap Project and Engineers Without Borders.

Donations will be accepted at both events to benefit the Tap Project and the College’s World Music Scholarship Fund. Jewelry and t-shirts designed and produced by Montgomery College student Claire Kalala will be available for sale with all proceeds going to UNICEF in support of providing safe, available and sustainable water resources around the world.

For more information, please contact Kathleen O’Toole at 240-567-7554 or e-mail

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