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Sweet Honey in the Rock to appear at Hodgson Concert Hall

Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform at Hodgson Concert Hall on April 12. (Photo by Christopher Robinson)

Sweet Honey in the Rock—an iconic, women-led African American vocal ensemble—remains among the most vibrant, versatile and relevant musical collectives in music today. Three-time Grammy Award nominees, they express their experience as Black women through song, movement and American Sign Language. Revered for their live performances inflected with gospel music, spirituals, and blues, they remain outspoken ambassadors of empowerment and education as they tour throughout the world.

They will appear at Hodgson Concert Hall on April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Since its 1973 inception in Washington, D.C. (founded by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon as part of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company with Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson and Mie), Sweet Honey in the Rock has continuously evolved into international ambassadors of a cappella vocal and lyrical excellence and musical missionaries of equality, empowerment and education, peace, love, solidarity, and nondenominational spirituality. Revered most for their live performances, the women have recorded 24 albums, several specifically for children.

Sweet Honey in the Rock has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues on almost every continent for royal command concerts and festivals. The group’s milestones and accomplishments include being commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company to compose a score for its 50th anniversary 2008 program, “Go In Grace.” In 2012, they debuted their first orchestral collaboration, writing original lyrics for composer William Banfield’s “Symphony 10: Affirmations for a New World,” a 30-minute work that was co-commissioned and presented by the National Symphony Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach, music director) and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; the Minnesota Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä, music director) at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis; and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park with the Sphinx Orchestra (conducted by Mark Russell Smith) in Chicago.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, which has been the subject of two PBS television specials (including an episode of “American Masters”), has maintained a resilient spirit in its 50-year history 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. For more, follow the group on social media and visit

This performance will feature American Sign Language interpretation and is supported by Rhonda Lucile Hicks.

Three ways to get tickets

  1. Purchase tickets online at
  2. Call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. Visit the UGA Performing Arts Center box office, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (five-minute parking is available in the drop off circle at the Performing Arts Center for purchasing or picking up tickets.)

Single tickets begin at $25, and UGA student tickets are just $10. Parking is free.

To learn more about all UGA Performing Arts Center events, visit