The Union Recorder

October 13, 2012

Legendary Latino heroes unite on stage


Special to The U-R

MILLEDGEVILLE — To conclude this year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, Georgia College welcomes an accomplished international performing group to share the stories behind three heroic Latinos.

Core Ensemble, producers of theatrical narrative and chamber music performance, will present “Los Valientes” — The Courageous Ones — a live music theatre work at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Russell Auditorium.

An interdisciplinary collaboration among university departments, the event is free and open to the public.

“It is an honor to work with our colleagues, staff and students across disciplines in welcoming these performers and their important programming to our campus,” said Bill Fisher, chair and professor in Georgia College’s Department of Art. “Their message promotes meaningful and rich histories, often untold or misrepresented, that define who we are and the cultures we share.”

“Los Valientes” celebrates the lives of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyr Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta — the historical figure some say fictional character Zorro is based on.

The performance ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs sung in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.

“This performance is a fun and exciting Hispanic celebration of art, language, music, theatre and history,” said Dr. Karen Berman, chair of Georgia College Department of Theatre.

Core Ensemble includes music trio Tahirah Whittington on cello, Cyrus von Hochstetter on piano and Michael Parola on percussion, along with singing actor Gabriel Sloyer, who portrays the three legends.

This music theatre work is one of a series of multicultural performance pieces produced by the ensemble during the past 15 years.

The ensemble has toured the United States, Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine and the Caribbean.

“The International Education Center is happy to see departments across campus collaborating in this performance, which highlights important Latino heroes,” said Dr. Dwight Call, assistant vice president for International Education. “It’s important that we learn about and celebrate great people from many cultural traditions.” 

Free educational programming

Along with Monday's performance at Russell, the ensemble will offer free educational programming through Tuesday.

“The students will benefit not only by seeing the performance but also through the many master classes Core Ensemble will teach,” said Dr. Wendy Mullen, interim chair and professor of music in the Department of Music. “It’s been a pleasure working with colleagues to bring these gifted performers to campus.”

The educational sessions are free and open to the public: 

• Monday, Oct. 15: Jazz History Focus at 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Auditorium;

• Tuesday, Oct. 16: Intro to Music Literature Focus at 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Arts and Sciences, Room 167; and

• Tuesday, Oct. 16: Music Theatre Scenes Focus at 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. at Max Noah Recital Hall.

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