SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®: A 2013 SESQUICENTENNIAL OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION EVENT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2013, AT 7:30PM | TRYON FESTIVAL THEATRE
Luscious voices with an unshakable commitment to justice, peace, resistance, love, and hope—these form the core of SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK®. For its Grammy Award-winning singers, the music becomes a living entity that soars, swings with muscular rhythms, undulates with deep passion, and conveys implacable truths. Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton (American Sign Language interpreter) transmit the legacy of African American music through jazz improv, chants, hip hop, the blues, spirituals, rap, reggae, and gospel hymns.
Inspired by her work with the SNCC Freedom Singers to use music to spread the principles of the civil rights movement, Bernice Johnson Reagon established the group in 1973 with Mie, Carol Maillard, and Louise Robinson. Today after more than 20 CDs, a 2009 performance at the White House, segments for Sesame Street, and world premieres, the women embody the spirit of the Emancipation Proclamation: to create a world in which all persons shall be free.
This performance will last approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.