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CORE Ensemble to launch women’s conference

The 24th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference gets under way Tuesday, March 15, with a performance by the CORE Ensemble, an international musical quartet that combines the art of theater with chamber music.

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the School of Music, the ensemble will perform “Mona Lisa Speaks: Bemused by the Folly of Men” 8:15 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall.

This event is free and open to the public.

Set in Paris in the early 1920s, this “chamber music theater” work is based on the actual theft of the “Mona Lisa” from the Louvre Museum by Italian worker Vincenzo Peruggia, in whose apartment the performance takes place. “Mona Lisa” comes to life during the performance in narrative and in song, revealing her true feelings for the men who have obsessed over her for centuries, including Leonardo da Vinci, her creator; Pablo Picasso, her antagonist; and Peruggia, her kidnapper. Music for voice, piano, cello and percussion address topics that are timeless and universal.

The CORE Ensemble has toured throughout the United States and in England, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. Consisting of Tahirah Whittington on cello, Hugh Hinton on piano and Michael Parola on percussion, the ensemble has received many accolades, including the 2001 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ensemble also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

For more information on the CORE Ensemble performance and the Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, visit

CORE Ensemble performance

  • What: Concert to kick off 24th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
  • Who: Ensemble includes Tahirah Whittington (cello), Hugh Hinton (piano), Michael Parola (percussion)
  • When: March 15, 8:15 p.m.
  • Where: School of Music recital hall

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Posted: 03/10/11 @ 1:25 PM | Updated: 03/10/11 @ 1:29 PM | Permalink