VC’s Lyceum performance brings to life the Harlem Renaissance

The Core Ensemble

Crossroads-area residents will have two opportunities to attend the next installment of Victoria College’s Lyceum Lecture Series on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The performance “Of Ebony Embers” with The Core Ensemble will take place with a one-hour show at noon and a 90-minute show at 7 p.m. in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Both performances are free and open to the public.

This chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano and percussion) brings to life the Harlem Renaissance. It celebrates the lives of the great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The text is by Akin Babatunde. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

“VC’s Lyceum Committee strives to promote diversity in our community,” said Lisa DeVries, Victoria College associate English professor and chair of the Lyceum Committee. “These performances will appeal to a wide range of audience interests: music, poetry, history and culture.”

The public is invited to attend a reception in the Welder Center lobby following the 7 p.m. performance for a meet-and-greet with The Core Ensemble artists.

DeVries said the same number of performers are in both shows, but the noon performance will feature an educational version and will be 30 minutes shorter than the 7 p.m. show.

The next Lyceum speaker will be Jim Keady, who will talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24 in the Welder Center. Keady is a social activist, theologian, educator and elected official who shines a light on the lives of Nike factory workers.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in downtown Victoria.

For more information about VC’s 2014-15 Lyceum Lecture Series, visit

Published: Friday, 23 January 2015

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