Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock will perform a sold-out show as part of The Ascending Voice III: An International Symposium of Sacred A Cappella Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Smothers Theatre, Malibu. Tickets to the Los Angeles Master Chorale performance on Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. are still available.
Founded in 1973 at the D.C. Black Repertory Theatre Company, the six-member Sweet Honey In The Rock has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world.
Rooted in a deeply held commitment to creating music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey's collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.
Members include Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, and Shirley Childress Saxton (sign language interpreter).
The Ascending Voice III, an international symposium devoted exclusively to a cappella music in Christian worship, will take place from Thursday, May 9, to Saturday, May 11.
In addition to lectures and workshop presentations by the world's leading authorities on this rich style of worship, the symposium's daily lineup includes performances by top collegiate choral groups and a May 9 concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
For more information about the sold-out Sweet Honey in the Rock performance, visit the Center for the Arts Web site.