HOPE – It’s Been a Long Time Coming
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT
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Out of the darkness comes a new dawn! This all-new concert by 3-time Grammy®-winning SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR commemorates South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Bringing joy to all, “HOPE” opens with a rousing program of South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation. Then the choir’s uplifting performance moves to the United States with beautiful renditions of the music of the Civil Rights Movement, including works by legendary artists Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and the one-and-only, Aretha Franklin. Get ready, “HOPE” is a concert that will live forever in your hearts!
Soweto Gospel Choir’s “HOPE – It’s Been a Long Time Coming” has been commissioned by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.
The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
The choir was formed in November, 2002. In December of that year, their first album, “Voices of Heaven,” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US. In 2003 the choir won its first award, a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for Best Contemporary Music Concert. This success was followed when they won a 2003 American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir. In the same year, they won an American Gospel Music Award for “Best International Choir.”
The Soweto Gospel Choir performed for President Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas. In October 2006, they performed as invited guests for their Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 75th Birthday Celebrations, in front of an illustrious audience which included former President Nelson Mandela, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, Tokyo Sexwale, Samuel L Jackson, Alfre Woodard and Carlos Santana. They were featured on a guest appearance with Diana Ross, Deborah Cox and Danny K for the “Unite of the Stars” Gala Banquet in South Africa in November 2006. And they were invited guests on NBC’s “Today Show” as well as on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In December 2006 they performed at Sun City, South Africa, for Oprah Winfrey and 200 of her V.I.P. guests, including Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Sydney Poitier and Quincy Jones.
“Absolutely thrilling singers…dazzling music.” – Billboard
"Sheer jubilation - the rhythm of life" – Herald Sun, Melbourne
“Ministers of the cloth will be forgiven for breaking the Eleventh Commandment – thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s congregation – as they see the crowds snaking round from St George’s and heading for Queensferry Street. But they’d be better sharing in the Soweto Gospel Choir’s spiritual warmth than wringing their hands because time spent in this vibrant musical kaleidoscope’s company is a fill-up to the soul whatever your beliefs.” – The Herald, Scotland
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