Former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock to be at Unit One
URBANA — Former Sweet Honey in the Rock member Ysaye Barnwell will be the Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Barnwell performed with the internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet for more than 30 years. She appears as a vocalist and/or instrumentalist on more than 30 recordings with Sweet Honey and other artists.
Her off-stage time has been spent as a master teacher and choral clinician in African-American cultural performance. She also has worked as a commissioned composer on numerous projects, all outgrowths of her understanding of creative arts as inextricably bound to society.
She holds a doctorate degree in speech pathology, has post-doctoral experience in public health and has administered community-based health projects in computer technology and the arts in Washington, D.C.
All Barnwell programs are open to the public and take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive, U. Free parking is available in the parking garage across the street.
— 7 p.m. Tuesday, Building a Vocal Community: A Community Sing in the African-American Tradition. No experience is necessary; just a willingness to sing with others.
— 7 p.m. Wednesday, Music of the Civil Rights Movement: lecture, demonstration and participation. Barnwell will explore the key elements that made the civil rights movement so powerful, including songs.
— 7 p.m. Thursday, African-American History through Song: A Participatory Workshop.