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Soweto Gospel Choir 
Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming

7:30 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Winner of the 2019 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Soweto Gospel Choir brings its Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming concert to North America for the first time. Hailing from Soweto, birthplace of the South African democratic movement’s struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir inspires audiences around the world with its powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, U.S. civil rights music, and international classics.

Experience an unforgettable evening that begins with a rousing sampling of the South African freedom songs that inspired the Rainbow Nation. Then hear beautiful and heartfelt renditions of the music of the American civil rights movement, featuring works by artists including Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, and Aretha Franklin.

The concert also will include a selection of holiday music.

Read an essay by Charles Dumas, Penn State professor emeritus of theatre, about his more than four decade connection with South Africa. 

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Adult $38
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $19

corporate sponsors

The Village at Penn State
Kish Bank    Designer's Studio

individual sponsors
Susan and Lewis Steinberg
Lam and Lina Hood

support provided by
McQuaide Blasko Endowment

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This engagement of Soweto Gospel Choir is made possible, in part, through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Hope: The Healing Power of Music
A Conversation with Soweto Gospel Choir 

2:00 pm Monday, November 28, 2022

Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with Penn State University Libraries

Hear a discussion with Shimmy Jiyane, choir master, and Diniloxolo Ndlakuse, musical director, about the Soweto Gospel Choir’s concert tour featuring South African freedom songs and music of the American civil rights movement.

Pre-performance Discussion

6:30 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Eisenhower Auditorium

An informal discussion, moderated by Anthony T. Leach, Penn State professor emeritus of music and music education, will be offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Seating for the pre-concert talk is available on a first-arrival basis.