Spirit of Uganda children to share music, dance March 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Uganda is a nation of children. About half of the country’s more than 33 million people are younger than 14. Spirit of Uganda, a professional training and touring program of the nonprofit organization Empower African Children, comes to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, to share the music and dance of the lush and diverse East African country.

Spirit of Uganda’s 22 performers, ages 11 to 21, personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation. In addition to performing, they serve as ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans and advocates for AIDS awareness and prevention. Spirit of Uganda’s performances raise funds to support the many orphaned and vulnerable children served by Dallas-based Empower African Children.

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $28 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Spirit of Uganda celebrates cultural roots and contemporary creations with standing drums, dramatic choreography, layered rhythms and call-and-response vocals.

Go to www.cpa.psu.edu/events/uganda.html for more information, a video and a link to Empower African Children’s website.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Central Pennsylvania Fans of World Music sponsors the presentation. This tour of Spirit of Uganda is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Alexis Hefley, Empower African Children founder and president, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance. Seating for Artistic Viewpoints is available on a first-arrival basis.

Last Updated February 28, 2012