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Wingate University presents “South By South Africa” concert with noted South African conductor Dalene Hoogenhout

3/20/2014
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Contact: Kim Williams
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k.williams@wingate.edu 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. – The Wingate University Choirs have partnered with Singin’ Black and White to bring noted South African conductor Dalene Hoogenhout to the U.S. to lead a celebration of South African music with choirs from the Piedmont region of N.C. A choral concert, “South By South Africa,” is planned for Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in McGee Theatre of The Batte Center on the Wingate Campus.

Participating choirs include Sharon Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist, New St. John’s Baptist, VOX and the Winston-Salem State Concert Choir. These choirs are predominantly white or African-American, but will come together as one integrated group. South African and American music will be performed.

“The event provides a wonderful opportunity for choirs of diverse ages and backgrounds to join together to sing music from the South African heritage,” said Dr. Kenney Potter, director of choral activities at Wingate University. “I have been most excited about not only the musical knowledge gained, but also the cultural knowledge gained.”

The concert is part of The Connected Campus, which began last year with the concept of departments across campus joining forces to showcase the unique strengths of Wingate’s students, faculty and staff. This year’s project, Created Equal, has included a series of performances, exhibits, concerts and events to explore the fight for equality locally and abroad. Tickets for the concert are $10 and can be purchased through The Batte Center Box Office at www.battecenter.org or by phone 704-233-8300.

Wingate Choral Music
Through regional concert tours and state-wide engagements, the Wingate University choirs are recognized for excellence. With four choirs available to music majors and non-majors, every student at Wingate is offered a place to sing and is encouraged to make music performance a vital part of their undergraduate education. This singing experience is rooted in a varied repertoire that represents Western and non-western musical traditions, American sacred music, gospel and spirituals, folk songs and hymns. Committed to global education, the choirs have travelled to South Africa and to the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia where they received Grand Prix honors at the Pärnu International Choral Festival.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past seven years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.