"Road Home" choir concert

Monday, April 4, 2011

Poster for the April 10

Poster for the April 10 "The Road Home" concert by the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, fresh off a visit to South Africa, presents "The Road Home," a 3 p.m. April 10 concert at Christ Church Newman Center.

The university's premier choral groups will feature music from around the world, including traditional songs learned from choirs in South Africa.

The March 1-14 SCSU Education Abroad trip included four performances with four local choirs and mind-blowing educational experiences, including lectures at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), St. Cloud State's sister university.

"There were members of our choirs who hadn't even heard of apartheid," said Matthew Ferrell, interim director of choral activities.

At NMMU, choir members learned that from 1948 to 1993 the majority blacks, coloureds and Indians were segregated and denied basic rights so that minority whites of Dutch and English descent could maintain political and economic power.

Off-campus learning included visits to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and the townships -- massive ghettos where blacks were forced to live.


Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free with an SCSU ID.

Tickets will be available at the door.

A portion of the proceeds will fund music scholarships.

"For the first time they really understood poverty and for the first time really understood apartheid," Ferrell said.

Among the songs expected to be performed Sunday is "Tshotsholoza," the unofficial national anthem of South Africa. A folk tune from northeastern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe, "Tshotsholoza" was popularized as a call-and-response work song in the South African mines.

Ferrell will conduct the concert with help from graduate student Marie Flagstad, Roseville, who is earning a master's degree in choral conducting.

For more information, contact the Music Department office at 320-308-3223 or e-mail Matthew Ferrell.

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