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The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir Performs at  Hylton Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

August 11, 2014
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The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

Performs at

 Hylton Performing Arts Center

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m.

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.

 

MANASSAS and FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 11, 2014 – The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir, an inspiring West African ensemble that lifts the hearts and spirits of all those who hear its glorious voices, brings two soul-stirring evenings of music direct from Dakar to Northern Virginia. The choir performs at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. and George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts (sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts).

The Senegal St. Joseph’s Gospel Choir has become a symbol of peace, hope, humanity and brotherhood throughout its homeland of Senegal since the ensemble’s founding in 1950 by the late Julien Jouga, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Ambassador Artist for Peace. In addition to being a commandant in the Senegalese Army and a coach of the National Basketball Team of Senegal, Jouga was a musician and an ecumenical partisan who was passionate about creating harmony between the Catholic and Islamic cultures of Senegal. Each Sunday, the choir performs at St. Joseph of Medina Cathedral in the heart of one of Dakar’s working-class neighborhoods. The voices rise in the polyphonic sounds of traditional African songs, gospel spirituals and magnificent masses composed by the choir’s brilliant founder. Singing in the country’s four national languages – Wolof, Diola, Sérère and Portuguese Creole – the 15-member choir is accompanied by four musicians playing African drums, guitar and kora.

 

Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor

 

TICKETS AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:

Tickets for THE SENEGAL ST. JOSEPH GOSPEL CHOIR are $46, $39 and $28. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.

 

 

 

 

 

TICKETS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:

Tickets for THE SENEGAL ST. JOSEPH GOSPEL CHOIR are $46, $39 and $28. Family Friendly: performance suitable for families with children. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.

 

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

 

About George Mason University’s Center for the Arts

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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.