The internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated female African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock® begins its 2018-19 season residency at the University of Chicago with a wide variety of programs designed to impact the campus, the community, and the city of Chicago. The Ensemble-in-Residence events will be held November 6 through November 10 at venues across the UChicago campus.
Sweet Honey In The Rock is celebrating its 45th Anniversary and performing season in 2018. The current ensemble features four core members: Louise Robinson, Aisha Kahlil, Nitanju Bolade Casel, and Carol Maillard with featured guests, bassist Romeir Mendez and vocalist Rochelle Rice.
Sweet Honey In The Rock has consistently been among the most vibrant, versatile, and relevant music collectives in the country over the past four decades. The ensemble is a powerful and unique concert entity, fusing the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a distinct theatrical flair. Their dynamic performances incorporate American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. The ensemble seeks to preserve and extend the traditions of African American vocal music and to inspire a multidimensional and intergenerational audience to discover and use their individual and collective voices to address the critical issues of our time and celebrate our common humanity.
The ensemble will participate in four public events this autumn, beginning November 6 with “Artists Live,” an in-depth conversation that reflects on the journey of the powerful women artists and activists of Sweet Honey. Scholar, activist, and author Barbara Ransby will moderate the panel. On November 8, the ensemble will lead a Community Song Circle for individual artists, community members, and vocal groups are invited to gather together to share and sing songs from the folk/gospel traditions. The “Arts & Activism” presentation takes place on November 9, with the ensemble sharing how it has centered its music in the struggle for social justice throughout its four-decade history. The week of events culminates on November 10 in a concert performed by Sweet Honey In The Rock alongside the University of Chicago Chorus and Women’s Ensemble.
See the full schedule of Sweet Honey's events this November!