Black River Technical College in collaboration with the Eddie Mae Herron Center will present Ain’t I a Woman! Monday, February 25, 7:00 p.m., in the Randolph County Development Center in Pocahontas.
Ain’t I a Woman! combines vocal and chamber music to celebrate the life and times of four powerful African American Women: Zora Neale Hurston (novelist and anthropologist), Sojourner Truth (ex-slave and abolitionist), Clementine Hunter (folk artist), and Fannie Lou Hamer (civil rights worker).
The production is the work of Core Ensemble based in Florida and will feature Shinnerrie Jackson playing Hurston, Truth, Hunter and Hamer while interacting with a musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.
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, Max Roach, Thelonius Monk, and Diane Monroe.
Core Ensemble, established in 1993, has produced a series of chamber music theatre works that combine music with other performance elements such as narrative and dance. The group has performed nationally and internationally since 1995.
This production is funded in part by the BRTC Foundation SEAS project, the Eddie Mae Herron Center, Dean and Brenda Gillogly, and Scott and Joniece Trammel.
Admission for the event will be $5 for adults and $3 for students of any age. Admission is free for children age six and under.
For more information on Ain’t I a Woman!, contact Dina Hufstedler at 870-248-4000, ext. 4187.