Lincoln University Presents Chamber Music Theatre Work Celebrating Harlem Renaissance

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Lincoln University presents Core Ensemble’s chamber music theatre work, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at its International Cultural Center on Sunday, February 17 at 2 p.m.

Actor Jamyl Dobson

The performance, which is free and open-to-the-public, features Core Ensemble’s unique performance format that marries theatrical narrative to chamber music performance and celebrates the music and poetry of New York City’s Harlem Renaissance era.

Actor Jamyl Dobson portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion who perform works ranging from Jazz greats Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus to concert music composers Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

“Of Ebony Embers,” whose script is written and directed by Akin Babatunde, examines the lives of three outstanding, but very different African American poets – Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay – as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas.

Since 1993, 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 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.  For more information or to watch a performance trailer, visit:

For groups of 10 or more, please call Ursula Graves at (484) 365-7434 to reserve seats.


Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

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