The spectacular, Grammy-Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir will perform on Monday, December 3, kicking off the holiday season in Norfolk! Hailing from the town of Soweto (South West Township), the birthplace of South Africa’s democratic movement’s struggle for freedom, Soweto Gospel Choir have thrilled audiences around the world with their stunning blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics. Combining earthy rhythms and rich harmonies, sung in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages as well as English, this special occasion promises to be a moving performance that will uplift the soul.
The Soweto Gospel Choir members are Ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and have performed with some of the biggest names in music and for some of the most influential people in the world. In July 2018, in honor of Mandela’s 100th birthday, the choir performed at the annual Nelson Mandela Lecture ahead of Former US President Barack Obama’s remarks.
The concert will be performed at Norfolk’s Historic First Baptist Church. The church was dedicated in
1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Bute Street in Downtown Norfolk, the Romanesque Revival-style church has a richly ornamented façade. The Church is home to Reaching Educationally Aspiring Youth (READY) Academy and continues to be a ministry of caring to the community.
Tickets are available online at www.vafest.org, by phone at 757-282-2822, or in person at the Virginia
Arts Festival Box Office at 440 Bank St., Norfolk. Group tickets are also available by calling 757-282-2819. Monday, December 3, 2018 at 7 PM at the Historic First Baptist Church, 418 E. Bute St., Norfolk
About the Virginia Arts Festival
Since 1997, the Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia, presenting great performers from around the world to local audiences and making this historic, recreation-rich region a cultural destination for visitors from across the United States and around the world. The Festival has presented numerous U.S. and regional premieres, and regularly commissions new works of music, dance, and theater from some of today’s most influential composers,
choreographers, and playwrights. The Festival’s arts education programs reach tens of thousands of area
schoolchildren each year through student matinees, in-school performances, artists’ residencies, master classes and demonstrations.