Friday, Nov. 30
7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Come early!
Eric Ian Farmer Trio
6:30-7:15 p.m., Weis Center Atrium

The spectacular and colorful two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns to North America with Songs of the Free, a very special program celebrating the centenary of the birth of the father of their rainbow nation, Nelson Mandela. Songs of the Free will include South African classics as well as freedom songs and gospel music much loved by Mandela. Direct from South Africa, the choir is an awe-inspiring, 20-member ensemble that thrills audiences worldwide with a stunning blend of African gospel music, spirituals and American popular music. Earthy rhythms and rich harmonies sung in six of South Africa's 11 official languages are combined for a moving performance that uplifts the soul through the music and dance of South Africa.

Eric Ian Farmer TrioEric Ian Farmer Trio
6:30-7:15 p.m., Weis Center Atrium
FREE! Tickets not required

Born in State College, PA and raised in North Carolina, Eric Ian Farmer has returned to his birthplace sharing his songs about relationships, social awareness, and finding one's path in life while keeping alive classics by artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and Bob Marley.  His guitar playing is inspired by the percussive stylings of rock legend Bo Diddley. As an educator and a 2016 graduate of Penn State's educational leadership program, Eric also uses music with high school students to facilitate both songwriting and conversation related to identity and social issues. Eric will be joined by Josh Troup on drums and Denise Strayer on accordion.