• Monday, Sep 26, 2011

    Celebrated A Cappella Ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock Returns To Carnegie Hall On Friday, November 4 At 8:00 PM

    African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, internationally-renowned for seamlessly traversing musical genres, returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. with a spirited concert in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Now in its 38th season, Sweet Honey In The Rock remains committed to creating music out of the textures of the African American musical tradition, including blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. In addition to entertaining, the ensemble also aims to inspire and educate audiences by championing activism and celebrating the universality of love.

    Accompanied by hand percussion instruments, the six-member ensemble combines four- and five-part harmonies, intricate rhythms, and songs with social and political messages in each performance. Over 20 members have passed through Sweet Honey’s ranks over the past 38 years. The current lineup of vocalists features Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and sign language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton. Founding member, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon retired from the ensemble in 2004.

    About The Artists
    Founded in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon with Mie Fredericks, Carol Maillard, and Louise Robinson, Sweet Honey In The Rock has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world. The metaphor of sweet honey in the rock (taken from the Biblical passage Psalm 81:16 in which King David promises his people that if they are obedient to God they will be fed with “honey out of the rock”) captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.

    Sweet Honey’s 20th album release, Experience…101 was a 2008 Grammy Award nominee, and later that year, the ensemble was asked to compose new musical material in celebration of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s 50th anniversary—a collaboration that was performed on tour throughout the United States. Music from the collaboration with the Ailey Company was released on the album Go In Grace (2008). In 2009, Sweet Honey In The Rock accepted an invitation from President and Mrs. Barack Obama to perform at the White House, and the following year the ensemble released Are We A Nation? in response to Arizona Law SB-1070 against illegal immigration. Most recently, the ensemble created a tribute concert honoring iconic singers, Nina Simone, Odetta, and Miriam Makeba entitled Sweet Honey In The Rock: Remembering Nina, Odetta and Miriam. The concert premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in April, and will have its encore performance in Washington, DC, on October 22, 2011.

    Program Information
    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced from $29—$76, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website,
    carnegiehall.org .

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit
    carnegiehall.org/discounts .  

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