Culture Connect Featured Event
Join one of three unique workshop series, each with a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. These three different workshops will run simultaneously, led by three of the five members of the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season. Each workshop series has a total of nine (9) sessions, which will be held from 7pm to 9pm on the following dates: Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27; Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3; and Tuesday, April 15 through Thursday, April 17, 2014. Registration is free, but is limited to one workshop series, and attendance at all nine sessions for the series is preferred.
Participants must select one of the following three workshop tracks: “The Vocal Movement Experience Workshops,” led by Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel, during which participants will establish a repertoire of movement that will serve as a catalyst for the creation of sound. Each movement has at its core a breathing technique upon which a chorus of sound will be built. “The Rhythm Ring Workshops,” led by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, during which participants will create a musical conversation in the oral tradition of call and response. Through poetry, spoken word, storytelling, rhythm, and harmony, participants will come together and sing songs of change, challenge, celebration, peace, protest, and triumph. “Songs in the Way of Hand Workshops,” led by Dr. Shirley Mary Childress, during which participants – deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing – will develop techniques to help render visually the emotional, lyrical, and rhythmic nature of singing, conveying the total message of a song using American Sign Language.
Registration is required, and there is limited availability. Participants must register by Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4:30pm. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-685-3355, or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office, located at 45 Wyllys Avenue in Middletown, and include the name of the workshop series you'd like to attend, your full name, mailing address, and phone number. Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be notified of the specific location of the workshop series. Participants in all three workshop tracks will perform together a free “Living in Song” showing on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7pm in Crowell Concert Hall. “Living in Song” is made possible by Wesleyan's Making Excellence Inclusive Initiative.