“Of Ebony Embers” Celebrates Harlem Renaissance at West Virginia State University

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Feb. 9, 2016
“Of Ebony Embers” Celebrates Harlem Renaissance at West Virginia State University

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – A performance celebrating the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era will take place Thursday, Feb. 11, at West Virginia State University (WVSU), at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Fannin S. Belcher Theater of the Davis Fine Arts Building.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

“Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” examines the lives of three well-known and  very different African-American poets -- Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay -- as seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. 

The show features the music of jazz legends Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus, as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

The show will be performed by the Core Ensemble, a chamber music trio featuring cello, piano and percussion. Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has travelled to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

The Core Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For more information, visit www.coreensemble.com.

The performances are being presented by the WVSU Cultural Activities Committee in collaboration with the WVSU Student Government Association and WVSU Music Department.

“Of Ebony Embers” is one of several events being held during February celebrating Black History Month at WVSU.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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