A chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion), Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women.
A chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion), Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. With text is by Kim Hines, the musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans, including composer Diane Monroe. Ain’t I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.
The Core Ensemble was formed in 1993. The Ensemble has commissioned a series of musical theatre pieces that highlight social justice issues and celebrate the diversity of American culture. The Core Ensemble has been touring for over twenty years and has performed in every one of the 50 United States. The ensemble has released three CD recordings on New World Records. Funders have included the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Barlow Foundation, the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Humanities Council, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, PNC Bank, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and ArtsLink. International touring has brought the ensemble to venues in Australia, Russia, Ukraine, England, and the Carribean. Performances have included such prestigious venues as the Guggenheim Museum, Central Park SummerStage, the Chautauqua Institution and a concert recorded for National Public Radios’ Performance Today. The Core Ensemble is the 2016 recipient of the Award for Diversity in the Arts from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs.
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There is a 10:00 a.m. abbreviated 50-minute show performance that focuses on education for primary and middle (and high school) students. Interested Central Kentucky School System educators should contact The Lyric Theatre directly for student pricing and the number of students expected to attend. Email the Executive Director at email@example.com or call (859) 280-2201 for information.