The female a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock has used the power of music to advocate for justice, freedom, and democracy since the 1970s. Their performances of spirituals, blues, gospel, and related world musics, have garnered three Grammy Award nominations. They will visit Ithaca March 2-3 and offer two free public workshops and a concert at Bailey Hall, sponsored by the Cornell Concert Series.
The first workshop, on Friday, March 2, will be in collaboration with the Cornell Chorale and will be in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, 215 Garden Ave., from 5:45-6:45pm. The workshop will offer an “up-close and personal” introduction to Sweet Honey In The Rock’s history, mission, and unique a cappella vocal phrasing and style.
On Saturday, March 3, Sweet Honey In The Rock will offer a workshop at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W. Court St., from 11am-12pm. The workshop will present a wide range of musical ideas and social messages, meant to inspire listeners to stay involved with their communities and the world. Free childcare will be provided.
Sweet Honey In The Rock will conclude their Ithaca visit with a ticketed performance in Bailey Hall on Saturday, March 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $33-36 general admission; $19 for students and can be purchased online. Free bus service is available on TCAT for ticket holders.
The Cornell Concert Series has been hosting musicians and ensembles of international stature since 1903. Originally featuring Western classical artists, the series presented Ravi Shankar in 1987 and has since grown to encompass a broader spectrum of the world's great music.
Additional support for the Sweet Honey In The Rock workshops is provided by Engaged Cornell, the Greater Ithaca Activities Office, and the United Way.