Soweto Gospel Choir graces Farthing stage
Appalachian State University’s 2011-12 Performing Arts Series presents another season of performance that continues with the Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir.
Performing at Farthing Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 8 p.m., this gospel choir from South Africa has been gaining international fame due to its depiction of African grace and energy through dance, music and costume.
Formed in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has been traveling around the world gaining exposure through their unique combinations of African song and dance. Their first album, “Voices of Heaven,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard’s World Music Charts within three weeks of its release in the United States.
In 2007 and 2008, the choir received a Grammy Award in the category of “Best Traditional World Music” for its second album, “Blessed,” and its third album, “African Spirit,” respectfully. The choir has since had two additional Grammy nominations and has been granted countless other awards.
Throughout its worldwide touring, the choir has had the opportunity to perform alongside the world’s most accomplished artists, including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans, Diana Ross, Celine Dion and U2, just to name a few.
The Soweto Gospel Choir has founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, to assist organizations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected more than $4 million for the foundation. In South Africa, the choir performs for a variety of charitable organizations.
For more information on the choir and its charitable contributions, visit http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com.
Advance tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for students ages 6 to 18, $15 for ASU students and $10 for children 5 and younger. The Performing Arts Series offers a special discounted price of $10 for ASU faculty and staff members who present their ASU identification card.
For tickets or more information, call the Farthing Auditorium Box Office at (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046, or visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu.