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Sweet Honey In The Rock Performs in D.C. Area Dec. 3

WI Web Staff Report | 11/4/2011, 11:56 a.m.

The angelic voices of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock will grace the Hylton Performing Arts Center's Merchant Hall stage in Manassas at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3.

These six inspiring women will perform uplifting songs in celebration of the many holidays around the world, spreading a message of hope, love, peace, social justice and goodwill to all people.

This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center's Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

Named after Psalm 81:16 -- the promise to a people that they will be fed honey from the rock -- Sweet Honey In The Rock has had a presence on the Washington, D.C., music scene since Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the ensemble at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in 1973.

Rooted deeply in African-American musical traditions, this incredible group possesses seamless harmonies and masterful vocals that showcase many diverse forms of music, including blues, spirituals, traditional gospel, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancien lullabies and jazz improvisation.

Sweet Honey In The Rock has released more than 20 recordings, and has earned a Grammy Award, numerous Grammy nominations and several Washington Area Music Association ("Wammie") Awards. The ensemble currently features Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton.

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