‘Tres Vidas’: Chamber group will celebrate lives of three legendary Latin American women

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LEWISTON — The Core Ensemble, a chamber group that has used theater to push out the boundaries of its genre, will present a work celebrating the lives of three significant Latin American women on Friday, March 26, at Bates College.

Featuring actress Georgina Corbo, the ensemble’s piece “Tres Vidas” (“Three Lives”) depicts Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya and Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni.

Since its inception in 1993, the Core Ensemble has garnered international recognition for its efforts to commission new music for its combination of cello, piano and percussion. It has been a catalyst in the creation of several chamber music theater works weaving narrative and drama into the chamber music experience.

“Tres Vidas” looks at Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera; Amaya’s survival of the 1981 government massacre of Salvadoran civilians at El Mozote; and Storni’s lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet.

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From a script by Chilean writer Marjorie Agosin, Corbo offers powerful portrayals of each woman. The music includes traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel.

The Core Ensemble is made up of cellist Tahirah Whittington, pianist Hugh Hinton and percussionist Michael Parola. The ensemble has toured throughout the United States, as well as in England, Russia the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands.

The ensemble received the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A native of Cuba, Corbo is a graduate of the acting program at SUNY Purchase. Her television appearances include “Law & Order” and “New York Undercover.” She has appeared on Broadway and in off-Broadway productions as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Russian International Theatre Festival in St. Petersburg.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. For more information, call 786-6135 or e-mail olinarts@bates.edu.

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