The University of Jamestown Convocation Committee will celebrate Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) with the Core Ensemble’s performance of “Ain’t I a Woman!” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance.
An actress portrays multiple historical characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.
“Ain’t I a Woman!”celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans.
Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.