Denise Estrada

Core Ensemble to Perform Tres Vidas at Hartwick

February 21, 2014

The Core Ensemble, a chamber music theatre ensemble, will perform Tres Vidas on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in Hartwick College's Anderson Theatre. The performance, which celebrates the lives of three legendary Latin American women, is free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble that combines theatrical narrative with musical performance. Tres Vidas celebrates the life and work of painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador, and poet Alfonsia Storni of Argentina. The storylines include Kahlo's dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya's survival of the massacre at El Mozote, and Storni's life-long struggle to become Argentina's first great feminist poet.David Berry

The two-hour show, which is performed by a musical trio (cello, piano, and percussion), features singing actress Denise Estrada. Estrada, a Los Angeles native who trained at AMD New York, plays all three women. She also interacts with onstage pianist, David Berry.

Berry, a native of Syracuse, NY, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts throughout the United States. His performances have been featured at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the FOCUS festival, the Gateways Music Festival, the Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as in live broadcasts of WQXR.  Berry was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, a prizewinner of the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, as well as past recipient of the Links award for artistic and academic excellence. After earning his Bachelors of Music with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, Berry went on to earn his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School. 

Tres Vida's script was written by Chilean poet and writer Marjorie Agosis. The work includes traditional Mexican folk songs and Argentinean popular and tango songs, which were made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel, and music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Guiterrez, Michael DeMurga, and Osyaldo Golijov.

This event is sponsored by the 2013-2014 Foreman Institute of Creative and Performing Arts, and the department of Latin American and Caribbean studies. For additional information about Core Ensemble, visit their website, Contact Professor of Spanish Dr. Esperanza Roncero at 607-434-1962 or at with questions regarding the event. 

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