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Naomi LaViolette; Resonance Ensemble & Sweet Honey in the Rock

April 4, 2024: Host Christa Wessel welcomes composer and pianist Naomi LaViolette, plus Resonance Ensemble and Sweet Honey in the Rock to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio.


Naomi LaViolette has worked as a professional pianist since 2001. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance, and she is an in-demand soloist, collaborative pianist and chamber musician. She releases solo piano recordings under the artist name Lucente Skye, and her recordings are regularly featured on streaming platform playlists.

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Resonance opens for the multiple GRAMMY-nominated group Sweet Honey In the Rock in two evenings of music that fuse the elastic possibilities of the human voice. Known as one of the most versatile performing collectives in music today with its deep catalog of socially conscious music rooted in African-American history and culture, Sweet Honey In The Rock] celebrates its 50th anniversary this season – and their legacy aligns perfectly with Resonance Ensemble’s mission of performing music that promotes meaningful social change.

In its fifteenth season, Resonance Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble based in Portland, Oregon, creates powerful programs that promote meaningful social change. Learn more at

Sweet Honey In The Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever-relevant musical collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. Kinetic, cultured, and connected, this internationally renowned Grammy Award® nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service.

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