Keystone to celebrate Black History Month with chamber music theatre

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Posted: 01/30/2014

Of Ebony EmbersLa Plume – The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will celebrate Black History Month with a performance of chamber music program, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” by the Core Ensemble on Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in Brooks Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public.

The performance will explore the life and times of African Americans who helped shaped the Harlem Renaissance. “Of Ebony Embers” connects its audience to the lives and works of three very different African-American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. The Core Ensemble, a nationally acclaimed trio of cello, piano, and percussion, performs music by African American composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhom, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus to concert music.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally and internationally. The ensemble was the recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and other organizations.

For more information, please contact Kate Dempsey Jones at (570) 945-8161.