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Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays at Maryland Hall

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    Internationally-renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. (Courtesy Photo)
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Internationally-renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform, 7 p.m., Dec. 8, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, in Annapolism MD.

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays is a one-of-a-kind seasonal concert that will be celebrates international music from many faiths. Featuring stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of the African-American legacy, this powerhouse group will perform a joyful blend of holiday favorites.

Tickets are $58; $53 for Maryland Hall members.

Challenge and change are the themes underlying the 39-year career of the revered female African-American a cappella ensemble.

In the course of creating its adventurous mixture of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music, with excursions into symphonic and dance theater, 23 vocalists have passed through the group, formed as a quartet in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company in Washington.

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Mie drew their name from the first song they learned, “Sweet Honey in the Rock,” based on a Biblical psalm. “Sweet the organization’s nonprofit status and has already
Honey speaks of a land that is so rich when you break the rocks open, honey flows.

And we thought secured a grant from Youth As Resources, which it was something like us African-American women . . . strong like a rock, but inside [there’s] honey - sweet,” explains Robinson. 



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