On Nov. 15, the Soweto Gospel Choir is bringing its blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center in a program titled "Songs of the Free: Celebrating the Centennial of Nelson Mandela's Birth."
The choir hails from the town of Soweto — the birthplace of the South African democratic movement struggle for freedom. The Grammy Award-winning ensemble is comprised of 20 members. Its Songs of the Free program celebrates the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The SOWETO Gospel choir performed for Mandela on many occasions during his life and sung at his State funeral in South Africa as well as at his commemorative service at Westminster Cathedral in London.It was named one of the Top 26 must-see shows in Milwaukee in 2018 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“We are honored and thrilled to be able to present such an awe-inspiring choir,” stated Rachel Sorce, Executive Director at South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, in a press release. “Performing arts have the power to educate, inspire, life spirits and change lives. We see these things happening for people of all ages at SMPAC, and its why the performing arts play a vital role in the community and around the world.”
As part of this event, a gallery of photographs by Milwaukee artist Christopher McIntyre Perceptions will showcase scenes from his recent visit to Liv Village, a long-term foster care community for youth in Dubran, South Africa. Proceeds from the sale of framed prints will go directly towards Liv Village. The Soweto Gospel Choir will also meet and work with the students of South Milwaukee High School for an outreach event during the school day.
The Soweto Gospel Choir performs at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, 901 15th Ave., South Milwaukee, on Nov. 15. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $49–$65 for adults, $45–$59 for Seniors (ages 60+), $20–$30 for students (ages 4 through college). Click here to buy tickets.