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Core Ensemble: Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance

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Free program to hear The Core Ensemble, a chamber theatre works

(BEAVER FALLS, Pa) — Geneva College and Core Ensemble invite the community to attend a special performance of the chamber music theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City. This performance is sponsored by the Geneva Visiting Artists & Lecture Series (GVALS).

Core Ensemble created a unique performance format called Chamber Music Theatre that they describe as the marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. They will perform in John White Chapel on Wednesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This unique presentation will be taking place during Black History Month.

Black History Month is the annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of black people in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

“Representation matters.” says co-president of Geneva’s Black Student Union, Breland Brown. “It is so important to celebrate Black History Month by actually bringing the culture to life on campus with people who represent Black History and the beauty that comes with it. Sharing art and music is a powerful way to create community. I appreciate Geneva's intentional effort in bringing Core Ensemble: Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance to represent and celebrate Black culture.” 

Core Ensemble is chamber music theatre work for actor and pianist celebrating the lives of the great African American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus, as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor. Offering over 145 traditional undergraduate majors and programs, fully online Adult Degree Programs and high-demand graduate degrees, Geneva’s programs are recognized for their high quality. Geneva is included on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “2019 Best College Values” list and has one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Adhering to the truth of Scripture, a Geneva education is grounded in God’s Word as well as in a core curriculum designed to prepare students vocationally to think, write and communicate well in today’s world. 

Feb 11, 2020