Soweto Gospel Choir
Songs of the Free
Celebrating the Centenary of Nelson Mandela
The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir has been spreading sheer joy to audiences across the globe for nearly two decades! Comprised of twenty of the best artists in South Africa, the choir invites you to enjoy the incomparable and inspirational power of African Gospel music.
These uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Josh Groban.
For the first half of this concert, the choir will perform Songs of the Free, a rousing program celebrating the centenary of the birth of the father of their Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela. Following that, the performers will share international gospel classics and holiday favorites, including their hair-raising takes on “Silent Night” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Just try to stay in your seat!
Foxdale Village, A Quaker-Directed Continuing Care Retirement Community
This presentation is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative, which seeks to: immerse an array of people in the performing arts; educate the community about cultures and art forms different from the familiar; influence thinking so we become a community that embraces diversity and promotes inclusion; ensure the activities of the collaborative have a sustainable impact on the community. Funds from across Penn State and throughout the community support the initiative. The University’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee provides lead funding. Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support.