On February 13, 2014 at Murray State College’s Fletcher Auditorium the Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. The performance is sponsored by the MSC Global Education Committee in conjunction with Student Affairs, and is presented to coincide with Black History Month. Committee chair, and MSC language arts instructor, Jeana West says the committee has worked for two years to bring the ensemble to campus.
“Of Ebony Embers is truly an aesthetic as well as educational event that we are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring to the MSC campus,” says committee chair and Language Arts Instructor Jeana West. “The audience will have to opportunity to experience a performance of music, poetry, and artistry that exemplifies 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. 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. Actor Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. 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. Of Ebony Embers is written and directed by Akin Babatunde.
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.
A reception will be held from 6:15 – 6:45 pm in the Campus Center common area. Light refreshments will be served and attendees will get a chance to meet the performers. The performance is free and open to the public.