Soweto Choir to perform at Bethel

The Soweto Gospel Choir is coming to Bethel College as the final event in this year?s Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.

It is also the kickoff for the first-ever ?Spring into the Arts? Festival, sponsored by the Newton Area Arts Council.

The Emmy and Grammy Award-winning choir will be in Bethel?s Memorial Hall March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

According to HBPA director Matthew Schloneger, in a large city, a ticket to see the Soweto Gospel Choir could run $60 to 100. Tickets for their HBPA appearance are $27, with discounts for students and senior citizens.

Reserved-seating tickets are available at the Hesston College Bookstore (620-327-8158) or through the HBPA website,hesstonbethel.org. Thresher Bookstore in Schultz Student Center on the Bethel campus (316-284-5205) is an outlet for general admission tickets.

Soweto Gospel Choir launched its fifth major North American tour Feb. 4.

The internationally renowned vocal ensemble will perform in 37 cities, concerts that reflect the color and vibrancy of their rainbow nation while honoring the life and legacy of their late president and friend, Nelson Mandela.

The tour supports the choir?s fifth album, ?Divine Decade,? released in the United States Jan. 28 on the Decca label, a celebration of the ensemble?s past 10 years of artistic collaborations and accolades.

Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in November 2002 and released its first album, ?Voices of Heaven,? a month later.

Within three weeks of its U.S. debut, in early 2005, the album was at No. 1 on Billboard?s World Music chart.

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