Morrison Artists Series: Core Ensemble with Shinnerrie Jackson [Canceled]

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:00 pm
Black and white photo of the Core Ensemble trio and Shinerrie Jackson taking a bow on stage

Please note: This event is canceled to help limit the potential exposure of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For updated information on SF State’s response to COVID-19, visit the novel coronavirus information page.

The Core Ensemble performs the chamber music theatre work “Ain’t I a Woman!,” celebrating 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. Pre-concert talk: 2 p.m. Lecture: March 16, 1:10 p.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
May T. Morrison Chamber Music Center
SF State Box Office
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Core Ensemble

  • Ju Young Lee, cello
  • Hugh Hinton, piano
  • Michael Parola, percussion
  • Shinnerrie Jackson, vocals

Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Actress Shinnerrie Jackson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States and internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the British Virgin Islands. The Core Ensemble has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, state of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.