February 14, 2012

Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts Welcomes Core Ensemble’s ‘Of Ebony Embers’ Performance, Feb. 24

Of Ebony EmbersPERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents will have the opportunity to experience a unique artistic performance developed by Core Ensemble that features a theatrical narrative to chamber music as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” on Friday, Feb. 24.

Presented in conjunction with the College’s celebration of Black History Month, Core Ensemble’s performance will take place in the College’s Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m. The Owens Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

“Owens Community College is proud to once again welcome internationally-acclaimed Core Ensemble to Northwest Ohio,” said Barbara Barkan, Owens Director for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. “Core Ensemble’s chamber music theatre presentation of ‘Of Ebony Embers’ combines both the theatrical narrative and chamber music in a unique artistic expression that celebrates theatre, music and the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City. Attendees will be amazed by the group’s talents and compelling performance.”

Core Ensemble’s presentation of “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” will feature actor Chris White portraying multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical cello, percussion and piano trio. Notable poets highlighted during the performance are Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay. With a script written by Akin Babatunde, “Of Ebony Embers” will also feature musical works by jazz legends Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, among others.

Since its inception in 1993, Core Ensemble has garnered international acclaim for its unique chamber music theatre work. Touring venues and events worldwide, the group has made appearances at Harvard University, the Guggenheim Museum and the Moscow Autumn Festival, among many other locations. Additionally, the ensemble was named the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts and Palm Beach County Cultural Council.

Tickets for Core Ensemble’s “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” performance are $18. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.