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GRAMMY-WINNING SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON FEB. 19 AT 4 PM

January 24, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 18, 2012 – “A cornucopia of remarkable voices … meticulous and unstoppable … spirited and spectacular,” The New York Times said about this Grammy Award-winning South African ensemble. In the past decade, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved international fame by captivating audiences with its glorious voices, energetic dancing, vibrant costumes and an exuberant spirit that fills the air. After a well-received performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in 2007, this dynamic 26-member choir returns on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 at 4 p.m., bringing a program filled with traditional and contemporary songs of peace, hope, love and joy performed in South Africa’s many languages. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. HSBC Bank is the 2011-12 Global View Series Sponsor at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

Founded in November 2002, Soweto Gospel Choir was an overnight sensation, earning accolades and garnering praise from audiences and critics alike. “Soweto Gospel Choir’s performance has made me a true believer … baptized by the power of perfect pitch, superior intonation and harmony clearly not of this world.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) In addition to performing at prestigious venues and festivals across the globe, the choir has appeared alongside Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel and more at the 46664 Concert in Cape Town in 2003, hosted by President Nelson Mandela; at the birthday celebrations of its patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; at Sun City for a New Year’s Eve celebration hosted by Oprah, whose guests included Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Sidney Poitier and Quincy Jones; and at an event for President Bill Clinton. The Soweto Gospel Choir has earned numerous honors throughout the last decade, including several American Gospel Music Awards, Gospel Music Awards and South African Music Awards, as well as Grammy Awards for its 2007 album, “Blessed,” and its 2008 album, “African Spirit.” Its debut album, “Voices From Heaven,” reached the number one spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within three weeks of its release (it had debuted on the chart at number three). In 2009, the choir became the first South African artists to perform at the Academy Awards, where its members appeared with John Legend, singing “Down to Earth,” Peter Gabriel and Randy Newman’s Oscar-nominated song from the hit animated film, “Wall-E.” The choir has also appeared on “The Today Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

In addition to music, the Soweto Gospel Choir is committed to fighting illness (AIDS in particular) and poverty in its homeland. Among other charities, the choir raises funds for Nkosi’s Haven Vukani (named after young AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson, who died in 2001) to support families and orphans in South Africa affected by HIV and AIDS who receive little to no government support.

 

HSBC Bank is the 2011-12 Global View Series Sponsor

 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

 

 

 

Tickets for SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR are $22, $36, $44. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

 

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

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