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Celebration of African American Women

January 8, 2013

In a unique blend of theatrical narrative and chamber music, the lives of four African American women will be brought to life in the performance of "Ain't I a Woman!" by the Core Ensemble Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Averett's Pritchett Auditorium. The event, which is part of the University's Arts@Averett Series is free and open to the public.

"Ain't I a Woman!" celebrates the lives of ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. During the performance, an actress interacts with the musicians – a cellist, pianist and percussionist.

The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African American composers including Diane Monroe.

The Core Ensemble was founded in 1993 and has toured nationally and internationally. Since its founding, it has been acclaimed for the development of a new genre of chamber music theatre works.