Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Heritage Ensemble presents ‘Flavor Boost’

The Heritage Ensemble will celebrate African culture with music, literature, and dance in three “Flavor Boost” performances this week.

Flavor Boost is the 19th annual performance in the Flavor series directed by Hiawatha Johnson, Jr., a composer-in-residence and the accompanist for Randolph’s dance program. The show opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Thoresen Theatre. Other performances are scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. General admission is $5, and student tickets are $3. (Randolph students can attend for free with their Paw Pass.)

“This is the most music filled ‘Flavor’ to date,” said Johnson, who named Earth, Wind & Fire; Sly & the Family Stone; and the Staple Singers as some of the artists whose music will be represented.

The show will also feature poetry and prose by Sonia Sanchez, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Randolph college students and alumnae.

The current Heritage Ensemble includes 21 students, and three alumnae will return to perform in this year’s Flavor show.