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Sept. 25-27: Sweet Honey in the Rock at world arts fest

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

sweet-honey-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The second annual Humanitas Festival – a public celebration of world arts that includes some free performances – will be Sept. 25-27 at Washington State University. Grammy-nominated Sweet Honey in the Rock® will perform the capstone concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Beasley Coliseum.

Sweet Honey in the Rock performing in 2007. (Photo by Sharon Farmer)

The all-woman, African-American, a cappella ensemble employs iconic harmonies for hope, love, justice, peace and resistance, capturing the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, gospel, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop and jazz improvisation. This concert will be sign-language interpreted.

General admission tickets to Sweet Honey in the Rock® – 40th Anniversary are free to WSU students, $20 adults, $16 seniors and $10 youth and students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at TicketsWest outlets and at the door beginning two hours before the concert.

Free music, dance, theater performances

Taiwan’s A Moving Sound.

Other festival highlights include free concerts by Step Afrika!, the first professional dance troupe dedicated to the art of stepping, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Beasley Coliseum, and Taiwan’s A Moving Sound at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in Jones Theatre in Daggy Hall. A Moving Sound fuses ancient musical traditions from Asia with avant-garde styles, transporting listeners to the Far East and beyond in a concert of music and dance.

A free performance of the Young Native Playwrights Initiative will be presented by the Mentor-Artists Playwrights Project (MAPP) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Wadleigh Theatre in Daggy Hall. Original monologues and one-act plays, written by Coeur d’Alene and Nez Perce youth, will be performed by professional actors.

Symphony highlights Latin America

Washington Idaho Symphony will present the music of Latin America at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in Jones Theatre. Tickets are available through TicketsWest and at the door.

More information about the Humanitas Festival is available at

For information about how to volunteer or participate as a business, email Gail Siegel at

Find information about festival partners, sponsors and grant support at



Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,

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