CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble to Visit Ghana West Africa

For Immediate Release, February 2012

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble are pleased to announce its participation in a three-day invitational choral festival at the invitation of the Republic of Ghana West Africa March 8 -12, 2012. The two musical groups are among many choirs from around the world collaborating on this international project with Vermont-based Music Contact International, known for its invitational choral festivals. Dr. Andre Thomas, renowned Conductor and Choral Clinician, will lead the Festival choirs during the Festival Mass Sing at the Ghanaian National Theatre, Accra, Saturday, March 10, 2012.

The Republic of Ghana is known for being the first black African nation in the region to achieve independence from a colonial power–Great Britain. Embracing America with open arms, Ghana has hosted visits from three past U.S. Presidents and is proud of its place as the oldest Western-style democracy in sub-Saharan Africa.

“For many who have dreamed of traveling to Africa, this experience will allow choir directors, their family and friends members to travel with a 24-hour tour escort to explore and perform concerts at the National Theatre in Accra, Cape Cost Castle, local village schools and friendship concerts at local churches. The Gospel Choir and its sister choir the CSO Spiritual Ensemble are looking forward to the hospitality of the Ghanaian people,” says Lee Pringle, Founder and President of both groups.

The CSO Gospel Choir and CSO Spiritual Ensemble will depart on Tuesday March 6, 2012 to Washington DC en route to Accra, Ghana that evening with the following public performances scheduled during that week:

Friday, March 9, 2012
Suhum Village

Saturday, March 10
African Choral Festival’s Massed Sing Performance
National Theater

Sunday, March 11
Sunday Worship Service
Cape Cost Castle