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Tickets for Soweto Gospel Choir on Sale Monday at UT Tyler

March 21, 2007

Individual tickets for the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will go on sale March 26 at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

The choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 23 as a part of the UT Tyler Cowan Center performing arts series. The performance is sponsored by Bank of America. Media sponsors are NBC 56 and Clear Channel Radio.
           
Tickets are $26, $36 and $46 at the Cowan Center box office. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
           
The 26-member choir will be accompanied by a four-piece band and percussion section and will perform both traditional and contemporary music in six of South Africa’s 11 official languages, as well as traditional American gospel selections.
           
They received a Grammy Award in February 2007 for best traditional world music for their album Blessed.
           
Formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music, the choir draws talent from many of the churches in and around Soweto. It mixes earthy rhythms and harmonies to express the energy of South Africa.
           
Since forming in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Singapore and the United States.

           
They’ve been honored with Australia’s prestigious Helpmann Award for best contemporary music concert, American Gospel Music Award for best choir and Gospel Music Award for best international choir.
           
Their debut CD, Voices from Heaven, reached number 1 on the Billboard Music Chart within three weeks of its U.S. release.
           
Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in South Africa, with the 2001 Census putting its population at 896,995. As a result of its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, Soweto also is the most metropolitan township, setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.
           
For tickets, call 903.566.7424 or visit www.cowancenter.org.



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