Core Ensemble Performs Chamber Music Theatre Work Celebrating Harlem Renaissance

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The chamber music theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” will be performed by the Core Ensemble at Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon.

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance.

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.

Dracyn Blount, a Core Ensemble affiliate artist, portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

The script was written by Akin Babatunde, who is also the show’s director.

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.

The show is free, but space is limited. Please call (909) 537-7365 or email to reserve your space.

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