Core Ensemble will perform “Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at 8 p.m. in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall. The show examines the lives of poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of painter and muralist Aaron Douglas and set to the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.
Admission is $5 for the general public. UofL students and children under 10 get in free. Tickets may be reserved by calling 502-852-6907 or they can be purchased at the door.
Earlier in the day, a 10 a.m. program will introduce middle and high school students to music aspects related to the Harlem Renaissance, as well as encourage them to pursue higher education in support of the community’s 55,000 Degrees initiative. The initiative aims to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees by 40,000 and associate’s degrees by 15,000 by the year 2020.
This is the 16th year that the School of Music has put on the African American Music Heritage Institute to honor the musical history of African Americans through concerts, clinics, lectures and workshops for elementary and secondary school students, university students and the public.