NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” in celebration of the lives of great three African American poets, on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

“Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” is free and open to the public.

A chamber music theatre work that was conceived and will be performed by The Core Ensemble on cello, piano and percussion, the presentation will honor three great African American poets as they are seen through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.

The performance will feature Dracyn Blount as Aaron Douglas, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.

According to Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English at MCLA, the performance should prove to be memorable, as it will include “a unique blend of music and theater centered on an important creative period in our nation’s history: the Harlem Renaissance.”

The musical score for this event is drawn from great composers of the Jazz Age, including Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Jelly Roll Morton, as well as African American composers of classical music, such as George Walker and Jeffrey Mumford.

Blount is an actor known for “The Cycle” (2010) and “The Whirling Dervish” (2009).

Founded in 1993, The Core Ensemble develops chamber music theatre works, and is committed to reaching a wide range of audiences, both demographically and geographically.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenna Sciuto, assistant professor of English/Communications, at or (413) 662-5470.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship.  MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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