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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Performs at Orchestra Hall, July 31

 

Grammy Award-winning ensemble returns to Minneapolis for one-night-only concert as part of Minnesota Orchestra’s “Music for Mandela” project


South African a cappella ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs a concert on Tuesday, July 31, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, singing songs of social justice, hope and joy. This one-night-only concert is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2018 Sommerfest season and “Music for Mandela” project, in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary. Mandela called Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa’s “cultural ambassadors to the world.” The Grammy Award-winning ensemble performed in the ceremony at which Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and at Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s president. They last performed a concert at Orchestra Hall in March 2016.

This concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m., with tickets priced from $35 to $80. Tickets are now available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release. [Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.] 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s ambitious recording career currently includes more than 70 albums, 19 Grammy Award nominations and five Grammy wins, most recently in 2017 for Shaka Zulu Revisited: A 30 Year Anniversary Celebration. The group bases much of their music on the tradition of isicathamiya (pronounced is-cot-a-ME-ya), a singing style developed by South African mine workers. American singer-songwriter Paul Simon incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into the famous 1986 album Graceland. In addition, the group has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge, and has been heard in film soundtracks, on Broadway and in their own Academy Award-nominated documentary On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. More: mambazo.com.


Sommerfest
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Tickets: $35 to $80

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not appear on this program.

OH+ Events

Enjoy a variety of FREE extras, including performances, exhibits, activities, food vendors and more, curated with community partners and inspired by our Music for Mandela initiatives.

For more information about OH+, please visit minnesotaorchestra.org/ohplus.


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (Stage Door ticketing is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lobby Box Office ticketing begins two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the skyway accessible Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

The Minnesota Orchestra’s tour is funded by generous contributions from an anonymous couple. 

The Minnesota Orchestra recognizes the Douglas and Louise Leatherdale Fund for Music supporting the work of Osmo Vänskä.

Funding for the Music for Mandela project is provided in part by a consortium of corporations based in Minnesota that includes Ecolab, TCF Financial Corporation, Medtronic Foundation, Land O’Lakes, 3M, U.S. Bank, Thor Construction, Target and Pentair.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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PRESS CONTACT:

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Communications Office

Minnesota Orchestra
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Phone: 612.371.5600
Fax: 612.371.7170

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