An evening of musical theater
George Fox University will serve as the venue for a celebration of the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City in a musical theater production slated for March in Newberg.
"Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" will be presented by Core Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. March 3 in the university's Wood-Mar Auditorium. Although the show is free, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The production, according to a release from the university, examines the lives of three African-American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.
The format of the production is chamber music theater, which features a marriage of theatrical narrative with chamber music.
Actor Dracyn Blount portrays multiple characters while interacting with pianist Mikael Darmanie in the production. The script was written by Akin Babatunde, the show's director.
Since 1993, Core Ensemble has toured nationally performing music by African-Americn composers ranging from jazz greats Duke Ellington and Thelonious Munk, to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. The ensemble has traveled the world performing and was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It has also received support from a number of state organizations and foundations.
The production is being hosted by George Fox's music and theatre departments, in partnership with the offices of diversity and intercultural life.