Kick off Black History Month with the Core Ensemble and their performance of the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance, on Monday, February 1, 2022 at 7 pm. The event is virtual with a Q&A with the actor following the performance. Follow this Zoom link at the time of the event to participate.
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.
Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format created by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with onstage musical accompanist Hugh Hinton on piano. The script was written by Akin Babatunde. 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.