From Your Music Director

Sweet Honey in the Rock ( will be performing in the Central College (Pella) Douwstra Auditorium on Tuesday, July 25th. The 7:30 pm concert is part of the agenda for the four-day Iowa Choral Directors Association 2017 Summer Symposium. Sweet Honey in the Rock, a favorite of many UUSIC members, remains among the most vibrant, versatile, and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education, and entertainment. February 2016 marked their 32nd appearance at New York’s historic Carnegie Hall. Sweet Honey in the Rock, which has been the subject of two PBS television specials (including American Masters), is a beloved performance ensemble that, in its 40-plus year history, has maintained a resilient spirit and found a way to successfully fuse the talents of the 24 women that have graced the Sweet Honey in the Rock stage into their patented sound without ever skipping a beat.

Tickets, $30 early purchase and $35 at the door, are available through the Central College Conference and Events Office at 641- 628-7679.

Sweet Honey in the Rock has received several Grammy Award nominations, including one for their children’s album, Still the Same Me which received the Silver Award from the National Association of Parenting Publications. They won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for their version of Lead Belly’s “Grey Goose” from the compilation album Folkways: A Vision Shared. Their vocals appeared in a number of animated counting cartoons on the long-running PBS series Sesame Street, and the group was the subject of the 2005 documentary Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice. Sweet Honey in the Rock released their 24th album, #LoveInEvolution, on January 22nd, 2016, on SHE-ROCKS 5, Inc. /Appleseed Recordings.

—Submitted by UUSIC Music Director, Gloria Corbin