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Core Ensemble to Perform "Tres Vidas" at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a performance by the Core Ensemble on Wed., Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. The ensemble, featuring Katie Schlaikjer, cello, Hugh Hinton, piano, and Michael Parola, percussion, along with actress Karina Barros, will perform the chamber music theater work “Tres Vidas.”


“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 Frida Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Rufina Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Alfonsina Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, “Tres Vidas” presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connects to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.


From a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, actress Karina Barros offers powerful portrayals of each woman that include 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 rounds out the musical score.


The 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 honored with the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from Florida’s 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.


The show (approximately two hours long with no intermission) is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the gender and women’s studies program, office of multicultural programs and the student development office. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.core-ensemble.cc/.




posted on: 9/25/2008