Monday February 13, 2012
Uplifting harmonies of Sweet Honey in the Rock returning to Hill Auditorium Friday
By: Roger LeLievre
Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Grammy Award-winning all-female African-American a cappella ensemble, has had a long relationship with Ann Arbor, one they will further with a return visit—their ninth since 1993—Friday night.
As has been the case in past appearances, Sweet Honey comes to town thanks to the efforts of the University Musical Society.
The group’s commitment to social justice was showcased in 2003, when its members performed on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the University of Michigan defended its position on affirmative action. In 2004, UMS honored Sweet Honey in the Rock with its Distinguished Artist Award.
“I think what the group seeks to do is to always be informative and to inspire people to think and be of service,” said founding member Carol Maillard in a recent phone conversation. “If any song we do in concert helps to support that, we’re happy.”
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