The University of Southern Indiana will mark the end of Black History Month and beginning of Women’s History Month with “Ain’t I a Woman!” by the Core Ensemble on Saturday, March 1. The program will be staged at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium in the Health Professions Center and is free and open to the public.
“Ain’t I a Woman!” is a chamber music theatre work celebrating the life of four powerful African American women: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth; renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter; and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer – all portrayed by actress Christy Hall with accompanist Byron Sean.
Hall will also offer a master class for students in USI’s Department of Performing Arts that afternoon.
Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans.
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 has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
“Ain’t I a Woman!” is sponsored by Interdisciplinary Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Multicultural Center. For more information, contact Christopher Rivera, director of Interdisciplinary Studies, at 812-228-5173.