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University of Dubuque to host "Ain't I a Woman!"


Dubuque (News Release) -- The University of Dubuque is excited to welcome the Core Ensemble - Tahirah Whittington, cello; Hugh Hinton, piano; and Michael Parola, percussion; with actress Taylore Mahogany Scott - on Thursday, February 5, as a Woodward Artist-In-Residence for the 2009 spring semester. The Core Ensemble will perform the music theatre work Ain't I a Woman! at Blades Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The work is the latest in a series of multicultural and feminist performance pieces produced by the ensemble over the past ten years.

Ain't I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter, and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain't I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.

The show tours throughout the U.S. during Black History Month and Women's History Month.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey


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