Listen now to the Minnesota Orchestra's historic concert in Soweto, South Africa

The Minnesota Orchestra performs inside Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa, on Aug. 17.Euan Kerr | MPR News

Minnesota Orchestra: Live in Soweto - Aug. 17, 2018


August 24, 2018

The Minnesota Orchestra made history when it performed last week in Soweto, South Africa, the home of Nelson Mandela's revolutionary push against apartheid. It was the first time a professional U.S. orchestra toured South Africa, and the musicians played as if their lives had depended on it.

Now you can re-experience that momentous concert — or hear it for the first time, if you missed Classical MPR's original live broadcast — as the Minnesota Orchestra performs in the church that was the epicenter of Mandela's struggle. Just click on the player above.

In addition to performing with the Minnesota Chorale, the orchestra is joined by the Gauteng Choristers and soloists from South Africa. The broadcast includes commentary from Nelson Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe, conductor Osmo Vänskä and orchestra musicians.

Works include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the South African tune "Shosholoza," and the world premiere of Harmonia Ubuntu, by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen.