NFCC Artist Series…
Core Ensemble performs chamber music theatre piece Thursday, March 21 at NFCC
Spirituals, jazz and concert music combined with a theatrical performance celebrating Zora Neale Hurston, Sojourner Truth, Clementine Hunter and Fannie Lou Hamer
North Florida Community College, in partnership with Nu Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., presents the Core Ensemble’s music theatre production Ain’t I a Woman! on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Van H. Priest Auditorium. The performance, combining chamber music with theatrical narrative, celebrates the life and times of four famous African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. 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 American composers such as Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and Diane Monroe.
Actress Shinnerrie Jackson portrays Hurston, Truth, Hunter and Hamer on stage while interacting with the musical trio of cello, piano and percussion performed by the Core Ensemble’s Michael Parola, Tahirah Whittington and Cyrus von Hochstetter. In reviews of Ain’t I a Woman!, Paul Olsen of Augustana College said “The humor, drama and music were spellbinding.” Phil Funkenbush of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum said “I sat there in awe of how the music, the words, the acting were integrated into what I considered pure theatre!” Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble is currently a featured artist on the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs State Touring Program.
As a SPECIAL PROMOTION all students, including high school and college students, receive free admission to the performance. Regular tickets are $12 and available now in the NFCC College Advancement Office (Bldg. 32) or by calling (850) 973-1653.
A limited number of FUNDRAISER TICKETS are available through the Nu Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority Inc. The fundraiser tickets are $12 each and include admission to the performance. Proceeds from these ticket sales will benefit AKA scholarships and programs. Contact Deloris Jones at (850) 973-2823 for more information.