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The Core Ensemble at Home in South Florida

Lake Worth, Florida, home 2sometimes known as “the Greenwich Village of South Florida”, is home base for the Core Ensemble.  Our community’s abundant interest in the arts is one of the reasons we love being here, and the glorious weather is the frosting on the cake! The Core Ensemble has received the designation “Artists in Residence” at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, an inclusive Christian community (www.standrewslw.net). Our five-event 2015-16  free series at St. Andrew’s  (100 N. Palmway, Lake Worth, FL 33460 includes:

  • October 25th 4 pm – “Harvest of Voices-Cuentos de los Campos”
  • January 17th 4 pm – A Musical and Theatrical Tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer
  • (in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act)
  • January 19th 7 pm – “Of Ebony Embers-Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance”
  • January 20th 2 pm – Beethoven/Brahms Recital by Core Ensemble pianist Hugh Hinton
  • March 6th 4 pm – “Frida Kahlo Lives!” in celebration of Women’s History Month

For  more information about the series at St. Andrew’s call 561-582-6609.

home 1In addition, community outreach programs bring us to farm worker communities around Palm Beach County for performances of “Harvest of Voices” in English and Spanish. Educational programs celebrating diversity and social justice will bring us to schools and afterschool programs in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. All of this is made possible by the Broward Student Enrichment Trust Fund, the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (www.florida-arts.org) and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County (www.palmbeachculture.com).

home 3Our local collaborators include the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach (www.farmworkercouncil.org), the Broward County School Board, the City of Lake Worth Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, and the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (www.lwinterfaith.net).

Oscar Romero – One of Los Valientes

Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero

Earlier this year, the Vatican announced that Oscar Romero is now recognized as a martyr slain for his faith. The path to Romero’s possible canonization is now open. Archbishop Romero is one of ten twentieth-century martyrs honored with a statue in Westminster Abbey; he is also represented by a bust in Washington National Cathedral.

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Kevin Melendez with Romero Family in Houston, TX.

The Core Ensemble celebrates Archbishop Romero every year during Hispanic Heritage Month (September and October) with performances of Los Valientes. Relatives of Archbishop Romero attended a recent performance of Los Valientes in Houston, pictured here with actor Kevin Melendez who portrayed the martyr. A very young Romero relative hides behind the grownups.

Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones) is a live music theatre work for singing actor and onstage trio of cello, piano and percussion. Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, the show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta – some say the Zorro character was based on this historical figure. You can find more information here: http://www.coreensemble.com/shows-on-tour/los-valientes – Or contact Margot for detail – margot@coreensemble.com.

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End of the Season & Landmark Performance!

On Monday evening March 30, the Core Ensemble finished the spring tour with a performance of Tres Vidas in Billings, MT. This landmark performance completed our cycle of performing in all 50 of the United States!

A post-performance supper at a local brew pub ended the season on a savory note:

“Tres Vidas” Cast at the Brew Pub

“Tres Vidas” Cast at the Brew Pub

Leaving Montana with some Lakota wisdom from Little Big Horn:

Lakota Wisdom

Thanks to all who performed, hosted, applauded, and appreciated our work!