University of Louisville

School of Music


22nd Annual African American Music Heritage Institute

Ain’t I am Woman

Monday, February 5, 2018

The University of Louisville School of Music will sponsor the twenty second annual African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI) on February 5, 2018 on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville. This celebration of the history of the music of African Americans will feature concerts, clinics, lectures, and workshops for Kentuckiana elementary and secondary school students, University of Louisville students, and the general public.  This year’s theme is

Ain’t I A Woman!

The program celebrates the lives and times of four significant African American women.  As presented by the CORE Ensemble, an ensemble that celebrates diversity through chamber music theater.  Ain’t I a Woman” is a chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrating the lives and times of ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.  Text is by Kim Hines. The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals of the Deep South, the urban exuberance of the Jazz Age and concert music by African American composers including Diane Monroe.

 Since its founding in 1993, The Core Ensemble (www.coreensemble.com) has been acclaimed for the development of a new genre of chamber music theatre works, as well as a long history of commissioning and performing contemporary chamber music.  The group maintains a deep commitment to reaching the widest possible range of audiences demographically and geographically, in formats ranging from formal performance to informal lecture and educational residency programs.

On Monday evening, February 5th, there will be a performance by the CORE Ensemble at 8:00 pm in the Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music.  General admission to the performance will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.   Children 10 and under will be admitted free.  U of L students will be admitted free with their valid student ID.  Tickets may be reserved by calling (502) 852-6907, or they may be purchased at the door.

Other Institute events include a workshop presentation for area students and their instructors at 10:00 am, Monday, in the Comstock Concert Hall of the U of L School of Music.  There will also be an informal Q & A session with the performers at 3:00 PM on Monday in Comstock Concert Hall. There is no charge for these Institute events, and the public is invited to attend.

This African American History month event is a part of U of L's celebration of diversity and recognizes the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history.  The African American Music Heritage Institute is being made possible through the generous support of numerous individuals and community and University organizations.

20180 AAMHI Workshop Registration Form


Jerry Tolson

AAMHI Director & Coordinator

Professor of Jazz Studies and Music Education

School of Music

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

(502) 852-6972 (office)

(502) 693-3080 (cell)

(502) 852-0520 (fax)