PSU Choirs Celebrate Multicultural Holiday Season with Akwaaba

December 1st, 2009 by Adam


PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The PSU choirs will share the Hanaway Theatre stage with Akwaaba, a Ghanaian drumming ensemble, and a double string quartet at 3 p.m. December 6 when they present A Joyful Noise.

According to Professor Dan Perkins, director, the University Chorale has spent the fall semester exploring the style and traditions of carols from throughout the world.

This concert will include traditional carols arranged by Stephen Paulus and Mack Wilberg that will give the audience a chance to sing along, as well as carols from Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa. The diverse program also includes Bach’s motet for double choir, “Komm, Jesu, Komm.”

“Since our first collaboration with Akwaaba in 2007, the PSU choirs have been eager to renew that relationship,” Perkins said.

The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble was formed by Theo Nii Martey during a tour with Brekete Ensemble in London. It brings together a group of friends who have been drumming and dancing together for many years in Ghana and the UK. The group includes past members of the National Dance Ensemble, Brekete Ensemble and the Shidaa cultural troupe. “Akwaaba” means “welcome” in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana.

Martey, director of Akwaaba, and Perkins will present a series of workshops at three high schools in New England prior to the concert.

Tickets for A Joyful Noise are $10–8 for adults; $9–7 for seniors and $7–5 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-Arts or (800) 779-3869.

Information about the program and participants is available from Professor Perkins via e-mail to danp@plymouth.edu.

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