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MCLA History and Political Science Department Presents ‘Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance’ Oct. 5

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—The History and Political Science Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will present “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” a virtual musical theatre event, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, via Zoom.


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This chamber music production showcases work conceived and performed by The Core Ensemble: Ju-Young Lee, Mikael Darmani, and Michael Parola, featuring actor Draclyn Blount. It celebrates three great African American poets: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas. Featuring a solo actor with cello, piano, and percussion, the musical score is drawn from great composers of the Jazz Age (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jelly Roll Morton) and African American composers of classical music.


Since 1993, The Core Ensemble has produced and performed new music theatre works based on multicultural, feminist, and humanistic topics, bringing their productions to all 50 U.S. states. Their goals are to promote intercultural understanding, to explore social justice issues through artistic interpretation, to provide education programs for young people and adults, and to offer emotionally impactful cultural experiences that spark conversation and inspire actions that make a difference in promoting equality for all. Learn more at


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