Kokopelli & The University Of Pretoria Youth Choirs

Kokopelli Bio Photo 2012Kokopelli & The University Of Pretoria Youth Choirs
Monday April 25, 2016 7:00 pm

From two countries, two choirs with over 100 youthful voices interweave, creating musical magic. Award winning Kokopelli Youth Choir from Edmonton, Alberta plus internationally acclaimed University of Pretoria Youth Choir (UPYC) from South Africa are coming to Vernon to present a vibrant musical experience with over 100 voices on stage for this special Monday evening NOCCA concert on April 25th at 7:00 pm.

Kokopelli is celebrating its 20th season this year and brings the UPYC to showcase African music and share a vocal extravaganza of interwoven melodies and cultural understanding that will entertain and delight all those lucky enough to have a ticket to this performance.

Composed of singers aged 16 to 23 years, Kokopelli is often considered the ambassador for the six-choir association and has received several awards for its work with youth, music education and the African Projects Fund. In 2015, Kokopelli won both the National Music Festival and the Canadian Competition for amateur Choirs (Mixed Youth Choir Category).

Kokopelli is directed by Scott Leithead, founder and artistic director of the Kokopelli Choir Association, and also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Choral/Vocal Division for MusicFest Canada and longtime member of the advisory committee for the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival. Leithead sits on numerous national boards and conducts and adjudicates internationally. He will be conducting the festival mass choir of 1000 at the 2016 International Kathaumixw Festival in Powell River, BC in July. www.kokopellichoirs.com

University of Pretoria Youth Choir’s April tour in Canada will showcase African music and inspire three international festivals as the feature choir. Established in January 2001 and conducted by Lhente-Mari Pitout since 2005, this choir forms part of the multi-choir model of the University of Pretoria, achieving many accolades locally and internationally over the years. They represent the full diversity of South Africa, and embracing this diversity gives this wonderful youth choir their unforgettable passionate sound and musicality. The concept Ubuntu, the Nguni term that means: ‘human kindness’ that in the philosophical sense translates to ‘the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’, is part of the fabric of this unique choir from South Africa. www.upyouthchoir.co.za

Opening for the choirs, students of the Okanagan Indian Band Cultural Immersion School will be offering a greeting, a prayer and a song.

Adults – $35  Under 18 – $17.50
Students on the eyeGo program – $5

Purchase tickets at:

Phone: (250) 549-SHOW (7469)
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Visit The Performing Arts Centre Foyer
3800-34th Street, Vernon
All concerts are held in the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.