Shayla Simmons performs Ain't I a Woman! Tomorrow

Publish Date: 
Feb 26, 2018

Core Ensemble to Perform Chamber Music Theatre Piece

         Celebrating African American Women


SALINAS, Calif. – The Hartnell Community College District presents the Core Ensemble who will perform the chamber music theatre work Ain’t I a Woman! at Hartnell College’s Mainstage (411 Central Avenue, Building K, Salinas, CA) tomorrowTuesday, February 27, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. as part of the celebration of Black History Month.  This 45-minute performance is open and free to the community at large.

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance. Shayla Simmons portrays multiple female characters while interacting with the onstage musical talented pianist Byron Sean.

Ain’t I a Woman! celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women: renowned novelist and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston; ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, Sojourner Truth; exuberant folk artist, Clementine Hunter; and fervent civil rights worker, Fannie Lou Hamer.

The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans. Ain’t I a Woman! is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of  four passionate and accomplished women.

For additional information, contact the Hartnell College Office of Student Life at 831-755-6734.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce-training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit