University of Scranton to Host Theatrical Work Celebrating African-American Women

01/27/09
    The University of Scranton will host a music theater work on the contributions of four African-American women when the Core Ensemble presents “Ain’t I a Woman” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Moskovitz Theater in the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center on campus. It is free and open to the public.

    The program, which is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Jane Kopas Women’s Center, focuses on Sojourner Truth, a former slave and abolitionist; 20th century author Zora Neale Hurston; Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter; and Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist.

    The Core Ensemble features Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano, percussionist Michael Parola and actress Taylore Mahogany Scott. The musical score consists of spirituals, blues jazz and contemporary concert music composed by African-Americans.

    The ensemble has performed worldwide, as well as across the United States. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. The show tours throughout the U.S. during Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March).

    For further information on this event, call The University of Scranton’s Office of Student Affairs at (570) 941-7680.
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