- One ticket to see The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
- When: Sunday, October 19, at 4 p.m.
- Where: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
- Door time: 3 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $10 for the rear balcony (up to $15 value)
- $12 for the orchestra (up to $25 value)
- Click to view the seating chart
The 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.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts hosts a lot of firsts. From Jose Feliciano to Russian music institutions, many performing artists have never set played in the Bronx before they come to the Center. That reality is part of what prompted its founding in the first place three decades ago, in an effort to prove that borough residents didn’t have to travel to Manhattan or tunnel inside their television sets to experience diverse, live cultural programming. So far, that’s included concerts by luminaries such as Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle, and Johnny Mathis in addition to folk dance, ballet, and Latino comedy showcases.