On February 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the CU Center, the Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance.
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CORE ENSEMBLE PERFORMS CHAMBER MUSIC THEATRE WORK CELEBRATING HARLEM RENAISSANCE
IRVINE, Calif. – February 3, 2014 – On February 23 at 5:00 p.m. in the CU Center, the Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.
Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. The script was written by Akin Babatunde, who also directs the show.
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.
The Core Ensemble performs music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, The lonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.
Actor Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. Dobson recently returned from the international tour of Zorro the Musical.
Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, 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.
No tickets are required for the 5:00 p.m. showing of Of Ebony Embers.
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