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Gonzaga Chamber Chorus Performs in Zambia, Zimbabwe through May 30

The Gonzaga University Concert Choir. Members of the Chamber Chorus are traditionally drawn from the Concert Choir. GU photo by Edward Bell

‘Unclouded Day: Music of a Hopeful Search’

Twenty-eight student vocalists from Gonzaga University’s premier choral ensemble Chamber Chorus are traveling throughout Zambia and Zimbabwe in southern Africa for an intercultural exchange and performance tour of their repertoire “Unclouded Day: Music of a Hopeful Search” until May 31.

Timothy Westerhaus (right), director of choirs and vocal studies at Gonzaga, is conducting and guiding the choir tour. 

Timothy Westerhaus, director of choirs and vocal studies at Gonzaga, is conducting and guiding the choir from Lusaka, Zambia, to Harare, Zimbabwe, where it will participate in musical exchanges and performances with high school and university choirs, and sing at Masses and other public venues. Westerhaus developed the choir’s first intercultural exchange and engagement tour in 2015 in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia, one of the first U.S. collegiate choir tours in the region.

Concerts Include:

  • The Alliance Française in Lusaka, Zambia (May 19)
  • Ignatius Church with the Sacred Heart Choir in Lusaka, Zambia (May 20)
  • Chikuni Mission in Monze, Zambia, with choirs from the Canisius Secondary School and the Immaculate Heart Church (May 24)
  • With the Victoria Falls Serenaders at the Rainbow Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (May 26)
  • Finale performance at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe with the Chitungwiza Harmony Singers (May 30)

The Chitungwiza Harmony Singers has received a plethora of choral accolades and produced three choral albums since its formation in 1993. It was the first choir to sing the Southern African Development Community anthem in three official languages: English, French and Portuguese. Through its efforts, the CHS managed to bring the Old Mutual National Choir Festival to Zimbabwe in 2016, which was traditionally held in South Africa’s Limpopo region.

While on tour, the singers will also have opportunities to visit Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe — one of the seven natural wonders of the world — participate in hikes and spiritual walks, and take safaris. Visit http://guchoirtour.blogspot.com for daily tour updates from students.

For more information, contact Joseph Kinsella, assistant academic vice president, Center for Global Engagement, at kinsella@gonzaga.edu.

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