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Hundreds of Students See Free Holiday Performance
December 23, 2009, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Education

Hundreds of students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools poured into the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall for a special holiday performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock.  The internationally known acapella singing group brought the hall to life with multi-cultural songs chosen especially for this time of year.  The program included opportunities for the students to sing along and participate in the performance.  The audience came to life with call and response songs led by the skillful artists from the stage. 

This performance also featured sign language interpretation from one of the “voices” from the stage, which provided the opportunity for integrated classrooms to enjoy this offering.  Usually, when sign language interpretation is provided for a performance, the interpreter is positioned on the side, slightly separated from the rest of the performers.  In this show, there wasn’t an interpreter, but instead a signing performer.   This approach to performance created a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for those students who use sign interpretation to access information.

The audience, a combination of elementary, middle and high school students, was enthusiastic and appreciative of the performance and gave Sweet Honey in the Rock a roaring applause.  Comments from teachers and chaperones confirmed what anyone in the hall could have told you – the students really enjoyed this multi-cultural way of marking the holiday season.


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