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Cook Lecture Event, Tres VidasSeptember 20, 2018, 7 p.m.
Cook Series Event: Tres Vidas, a music theatre work 
Location: Cook Theatre, Cloud County Community College, Concordia campus



On September 20 at 7:00 p.m. the Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work Tres Vidas (Three Lives) at Cloud County Community College’s Cook Theatre.

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

Jenyvette Vega portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano, and percussion.

Tres Vidas celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. With storylines including Frida Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote, and Alfonsina Storni’s life-long challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

With a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, Tres Vidas offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

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.

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Charles and Marian Cook Series at Cloud County Community College. The Cooks were travelers who wanted to bring the world to those who could not travel themselves. Over 70 events have been presented under the auspices of the Cook Foundation and the Division of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business in the past quarter-century. It always has been Marian Cook’s wish that all Cook Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Brenton Phillips, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business, at Cloud County Community College, 2221 Campus Drive, Concordia.