Music captures women's history

A show by Core Ensemble, with a cellist, pianist, percussionist and actress, will tell of Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston, Clementine Hunter and Fannie Lou Hamer on March 31.

The semester finalé of Paine College's Lyceum Series will provide a unique look at four black women.


"The Core Ensemble brings together chamber music and theater in the lives and times of four significant women," said Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, the convener of Paine College's Lyceum Series.

The Core Ensemble will perform Ain't I a Woman! at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

An actress, cellist, pianist and percussionist will give glimpses into the lives of former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, novelist Zora Neale Hurston, folk artist Clementine Hunter and civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. The ensemble will play a variety of music including spirituals of the Deep South, jazz and concert music.

"It sounds like a very interesting combination of music and theater," Jones said.

The Lake Worth, Fla.-based ensemble has performed across the United States and in Australia, Russia and the Ukraine. The Core Ensemble was the 2000 recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts, awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to a news release.

The purpose of the Lyceum Series is to provide Paine College students and the public with "education, entertainment and experience through unique diversity and cultural ideas," Jones said.

Ain't I a Woman! fits well with that goal, she said.

It also is an appropriate time of year for such a program because March is women's history month.

Other programs, which have been part of Paine's Lyceum Series in recent months, have included a master class with the Augusta Opera and a performance by trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

If you go

WHAT: The Core Ensemble, Ain't I a Woman!

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 31

WHERE: Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Paine College

COST: Free