March 22, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Soweto Gospel Choir, under the direction of David Mulovhedzi and Lucas Bok, will perform in concert March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets for the concert are $25.

Founded in 2002, the 26-member choir performs traditional African Gospel in six native languages, both a cappella and with live music accompaniment, as well as Western Gospel favorites such as "Amazing Grace" and "Oh Happy Day."

The concert at the Weis Center is part of the group's second tour of the United States; it will perform in New York City and Boston after performing at Bucknell. Last season's inaugural tour was replete with sell-outs and standing ovations across the United States.

Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls the choir " … a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend" and says "…the music was both meticulous and unstoppable … the songs were both spirited and spectacular."

Winner of the 2004 American Gospel Music Award for "Best Choir" and the Gospel Music Award for "Best International Choir," the Soweto Gospel Choir also reached the number one spot of Billboard's World Music Chart with its first CD "Voices From Heaven."

Of the choir's second CD, "Blessed," USA Today said, "…These luxuriantly full-voiced singers (think Ladysmith Black Mambazo expanded) combine joyful, spiritual vision with a global perspective…" The program being performed at the Weis Center features the music of "Blessed."

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at

The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.


Story posted March 21, 2006


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