Sweet Honey In The Rock®

Founded by Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1973 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. On Saturday, July 6, 2013at 8:00 p.m. they will appear at the Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, PA. This event is sponsored by The Gettysburg College Sesquicentennial Committee in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

“We are honored that the world’s most renowned African- American female vocal ensemble will lift up their inspirational and healing gospel music to commemorate the struggle and sacrifice of the soldiers who were killed on the hallowed fields of Gettysburg”, proclaimed Jeffrey Gabel, founding executive director of the Majestic Theater.

Their name stems from Psalm 81:16 in which 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.

Sweet Honey’s 20th CD release, Experience…101 was a 2008 Grammy® Award nominee. The excitement continued as Sweet Honey was honored to accept an invitation from President and Mrs. Barack Obama to give a concert at the White House on Feb. 18, 2009.

To purchase tickets priced at $33 – $24, call 717-337-8200, or stop by the Box Office, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg.  The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday from Noon until 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pre-show Dinners available by calling 717-259-9535.

For the show, we are offering Free Parking – Free Shuttle – Park in the Gettysburg College’s Constitutional Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before the performance.

The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural treasure for its campus and the community.