Core Ensemble performance

Core Ensemble to perform chamber music theatre piece celebrating African-American women

March 6, 2012—The University of Redlands is pleased to announce that the Core Ensemble will be presenting a unique performance, marrying theatrical narrative with a chamber music performance, "Ain’t I A Woman!," at 7 p.m. Tuesday March 13 in the Orton Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Taylore Mahogany Scott portrays multiple 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. "Ain’t I a Woman!" is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.

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.

The performance is co-sponsored by the African American Association, Race and Ethnic Studies, Women’s Center, and, Women’s and Gender Studies.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Leela MadhavaRau at or 909-748-8285.

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