Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance' comes to SMSU
"Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance" will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, in the Fine Arts Theatre at Southwest Minnesota State University.
"Of Ebony Embers" is a live musical theatre performance that explores African American music and poetry of the 1920s and '30s. It is a live musical theater piece featuring a solo actor and chamber music trio and explores the life and times of African Americans who helped shape the Harlem Renaissance.
"Of Ebony Embers" connects the audience to the lives and works of three African American poets - Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay - as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.
The musical score for the performance is drawn from composers from the Jazz Age, including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Jelly Roll Morton. "Of Ebony Embers" also uses pieces from African American classical composers such as Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.
"Of Ebony Embers" is written and directed by Akin Babatunde. As the actor, Babatunde is backed up by the Core Ensemble that includes Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano and Michael Parola on percussion.
Babatunde has been a resident company member at Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I., the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas, and the Dallas Theater Center. He is nationally known for his regular appearances on public television's children's program, "Wishbone."
The Core Ensemble has gained national recognition for its efforts to commission new chamber and multi-genre works. It has performed in every region of the country.
Admission is free. Of Ebony Embers is sponsored by the SMSU Office of Cultural Diversity, SMSU Access Opportunity Success Program and the Department of Art, Music, Speech Communication & Theatre.
For more information, call 507-537-7207.
Palmer receives SMSU scholarship
Ryan Palmer, the son of Laurie and Doug Palmer of Marshall, has been selected to receive a Southwest Minnesota State University President's Award and a SMSU Leadership Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Recipients of these scholarships are recognized for their academic accomplishments and leadership abilities.
His planned major field of study is agribusiness.
McGlynn accepted at SMSU
Erin McGlynn, the daughter of Ron and April McGlynn of Marshall, has been accepted for the spring 2011 semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Her planned major field of study is biology.
Sandoval accepted at SMSU
Maria Sandoval, the daughter of Hermilo Sandoval and Imelda Sandoval of Marshall, has been accepted for the spring 2011 semester at Southwest Minnesota State University.
Her planned major fields of study are writing and Spanish.