2/13/2018Endicott College presents the Core Ensemble and their performance of the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, on Thursday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m.
Celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City, Of Ebony Embers examines the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets - Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay - as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.
Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with onstage musical accompanist Hugh Hinton on piano. The script was written by Akin Babatunde and the show is also directed by Mr. Babatunde. The Core Ensemble performs music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.
Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.
Tickets are $10 general admission, and free for Endicott ID holders. Tickets can be reserved at tickets.endicott.edu or by leaving a message at the box office at (978) 998-7700. For more information about the show or the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, please contact Heather Tobin, Facilities Coordinator at email@example.com; or you can visit the Endicott College Center for the Arts webpage at endicott.edu/centerforthearts.