- $85 for two to see the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir with a barbecue and an open bar (up to $167.40 value)
- When: Sunday, September 21, at 4 p.m.
- Where: Detroit Music Hall
- General admission
- Door time: barbecue begins at 2 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees
Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
When Julien Jouga was only 19, he founded a musical institution that would endure for more than half a century. Founded in 1950 and based out of Dakar, the company of 15 singers and four Sengalese-style drummers perform a huge variety of songs based in gospel traditions, the indigenous polyphonies of their homeland, and solemn Gregorian chants. Audience members may recognize a number of the hymns and gospel songs, such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Storm is Passing Over,” but the repertoire expands far beyond that niche. The Choir also sings original compositions by Jouga—who wrote in the four official languages of Senegal—and combines Catholic liturgy with Muslim songs heard at Dakar mosques. Audiences might also get to see Senegalese dance and instruments such as the kora.
Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1928, Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts dazzles patrons with an ornate art-deco façade and lush Spanish Renaissance interior. Elegant columns, glittering chandeliers, and vibrant geometric patterns create a palatial atmosphere in the lobby. The auditorium's intimately arranged velvet seats leave every viewer within 70 feet of the stage, eliminating the need for binoculars or drawn-out games of telephone describing the onstage action.