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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Lycoming College will host Core Ensemble's presentation of "Tres Vidas," a work of chamber music theatre that focuses on the lives of three Latin American women, in Clarke Chapel on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.
"Tres Vidas" celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina. With storylines including 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, "Tres Vidas" presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and their connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.
With a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, "Tres Vidas" offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the 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-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.
Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. The lead actress portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.
Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured throughout the United States and 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, awarded by 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.
This event is being sponsored and/or supported by the College's Women and Gender Studies, Modern Language Studies and Music departments, the International Education program, and the offices of Student Programs, Career Services, Residence Life and the Provost and Dean of the College.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.