Core Ensemble performs chamber music theatre work celebrating Harlem Renaissance

Core Ensemble performs chamber music theatre work celebrating Harlem Renaissance

January 28, 8:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429

Peru, Nebraska – On Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work, Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance at the newly remodeled Peru State College Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Actor Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

Blount appears in front of a blurry background. He looks good.

Dracyn Blount, Actor

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.  The script was written by Akin Babatunde.

Ju Young appears with his cello.

Ju Young Lee, Cellist

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.

Parola appears behind a xylophone.

Michael Parola, Percussionist

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Tim Borchers at or 402-872-2222.

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Dr. Tim Borchers contributed to this release.