Soweto Gospel Choir: Songs of the Free - A Concert honoring Nelson Mandela

Nov 16

8:00 PM

Symphony Center Presents

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Grammy Award®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir’s vibrant and infectiously joyful voices have inspired audiences across the globe for nearly two decades. These uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Enjoy the incomparable power of African gospel music in a two-part performance of songs that celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth and international gospel classics, including the choir’s world-renowned interpretation of “Amazing Grace” and an unforgettable version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” With their soaring voices and rousing drumbeats, you’ll find it difficult to stay in your seat!


Everything the Soweto Gospel Choir sings is for God, but its “struggle songs” also tell of the quest for social justice. “Music is spiritual and universal,” said Diniloxolo Ndlakuse, the choir's music director. “It has the power to restore and revive, whether gospel or not, and it reaches straight to the heart.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.