Sweet Honey In The Rock headlining Shakespeare & Company gala

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LENOX — Multiple Grammy Award-winning Sweet Honey In The Rock, a widely popular all-female a cappella musical ensemble, will headline Shakespeare & Company's 40th Season Ruby Gala on July 1.

The event begins at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction.

The ensemble is scheduled to perform at 7. Interwoven with their music will be scenes and monologues from Shakespeare performed by veteran company artists, including Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, Kevin G. Coleman, Jennie Jadow, Gregory Boover, Tamara Hickey, Jonathan Epstein, Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy.

The performance will be followed at 8 p.m. by a dinner catered by Peter Platt of Old Inn on the Green in the tented courtyard, and 9:30 p.m. with desserts and dancing with DJ BFG.

The event is co-chaired by Mike Miller and Deborah Ryan.

"We are thrilled and honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock into our midst," artistic director Allyn Burrows says in a news release. "Many of us have been fans of theirs for years, and this performance makes for a great start to our season, and will lead nicely into our Storytellers and Songwriters series in August."

Sweet Honey In The Rock is a performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble educates, entertains and empowers its audience and community through a cappella singing and American Sign Language interpretation for the Deaf and hearing impaired. Sweet Honey's audience and community comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures throughout the United States and around the world.

In addition to co-chairs Miller and Ryan, the gala committee includes Tina Packer, John Douglas Thompson, Wolfe Coleman, Dr. Gerald and Roberta Friedman, Michael Fuchs, Claudia Perles, Barry and Marjorie Shapiro, Rhea and Ken Werner, Suzanne and Robert Werner, and Finn Wittrock.

All tickets include admission to the opening performance, cocktail reception and dinner, dancing, and dessert.

Festive dress is encouraged.

Complete information is available by phone at 413-637-1199 ext. 105 or online at Shakespeare.org.


















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