Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 (with Mie, Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson) at the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK, internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, has been a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of Washington, D.C., and in communities of conscience around the world.
From Psalm 81:16 comes the promise to a people of being fed by honey out of the rock. Honey – an ancient substance, sweet and nurturing. Rock – an elemental strength, enduring the winds of time. The metaphor of sweet honey in the rock captures completely these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.
Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create 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.
This is a benefit concert to support the programs and services of the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs. The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs is a Frederick County nonprofit, that has been providing residents of Frederick County emergency financial assistance for over 30 years. The Religious Coalition is the primary provider of emergency services for basic human needs; such as shelter, food, medical and dental care, and prescription medications. The Coalition manages the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter, which is the largest and only year round shelter for the homeless in Frederick. The Religious Coalition is the largest provider of emergency financial assistance outside of the local government.