HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Lincoln Memorial University Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present Core Ensemble for a performance of the group’s critically acclaimed chamber music theatre work Tres Vidas at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Core Ensemble developed chamber music theater by melding theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. The unique format has enthralled audiences around the world. For the performance at LMU, actress Francisca Munoz will portray multiple characters while interacting with musicians playing cello, piano and percussion.
Tres Vidas, ‘Three Lives’ in English, celebrates the lives, times and work of three amazing Latin and South American women including Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, El Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni. Tres Vidas presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums. Storylines explored during the performance will include Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera; Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote; and Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet.
The script is by Chilean poet and writer Margorie Agosin and includes singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Guiterrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score. Munoz will offer powerful portrayals of each woman.
Since 1993, Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.