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Wednesday April 25, 2012

From The CT Post

Vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey In the Rock, to perform in Wilton
By: Christina Hennessy

So far this season, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church’s Arts at St. Matthew’s program has been prolific.

There’s been some jazz, many choral voices, an acclaimed singer-songwriter and the power of the Wilton church’s more than 3,000-pipe organ.

“We try to offer quite a variety of things,” said Rodney Ayers, the church’s music director and organist.

That variety often involves local talent, as well as well-known national acts.

On Sunday, April 29, such a group will wrap up this year’s season — mere weeks after premiering its first orchestral collaboration, “Symphony 10: Affirmations for a New World,” with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, a Grammy Award-nominated a cappella singing ensemble, will be performing a program that reflects its diverse influences.

The all-female ensemble draws inspiration from the African-American vocal traditions — from call-and-response to spirituals and gospel hymns — as well as blues, rap, reggae and jazz.

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