COOK SERIES TO HOST THE CORE ENSEMBLE PERFORMING
“OF EBONY EMBERS: VIGNETTES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE”
To celebrate Black History Month, the Marian D. Cook Series, sponsored by Cloud County Community College in Concordia, will host the Core Ensemble performing “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” on February 26 at 7p.m. at the Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. 6 St. in Concordia.
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 script was written by Akin Babatunde and the show is also directed by Mr. 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.
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 presentation will take place at the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia on Thursday evening, February 26, at 7 p.m. All Cook Series events are free and open to the public. Contact Brenton Phillips at 785-243-1435, ext. 244 for more information.