As part of our 2017–18 Conservatory Artist Series, we are thrilled to welcome GRAMMY-nominated artists SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® to the UMKC Campus on Friday, February 23rd. SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through the dynamic vehicles of a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey’s audience and community come from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world, and includes people of all ages, economic/educational/social backgrounds, political persuasions, religious affiliations, sexual preferences, and abilities.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® embraces a wide range of musical genres, including spirituals, blues, folk, gospel, jazz, popular and world music. The group draws upon a musical repertoire that spans traditional and original compositions, indigenous and universal aesthetics, historic and contemporary influences. Sweet Honey has a long track record of collaborating with authors, composers, choreographers, costume designers, poets, visual artists, and more.
Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, and Aisha Kahlil, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. Kinetic, cultured and connected, this internationally renowned Gramm Award nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created a positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. Tickets for this event are $25 general public, and all UMKC faculty, staff, and all students $10 with a valid UMKC or student ID. This concert is presented in conjunction with African American History Month, and is partially sponsored by the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion.
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