"Ain’t I a Woman!" is a new musical theater work for actress and chamber music trio (cello, piano, and percussion).
It celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, folk artist Clementine Hunter, and civil rightsworker Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the heart felt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African American composers such as Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and Diane Monroe.
- 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.