Gospel Chorale to tour Europe
The Virginia State University Gospel Chorale (VSUGC) will embark on a nearly month-long European tour in early December. The VSUGC has been invited to perform in Italy with Arts Uptown Incorporated of New York and Propaganda Musicale of Rome.
From December 5 – 31, sickness 2015, the VSUGC will perform in the North and South of Italy, Rome to Sicily. The Tour also includes stops in Geneva, Switzerland; Bucharest, Romania; and Budapest, Hungary. The VSUGC is being considered for the Rai TV Christmas Program and for a New Year’s Eve performance in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo. Joining the VSUGC on the tour will be gospel recording artist David Bratton, composer of the gospel hit Every Praise.
In previous years, the VSUGC has performed at the Pope’s Christmas Concert with such luminaries as B.B. King, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Solomon Burke and Michael Bolton, along with an array of international artists.
The VSUGC is one of Virginia State University’s most requested performing groups. Its primary mission is to provide gospel music for the university and community. The VSUGC performs for a variety of commitments, including public concerts, church revivals, recording sessions and university ceremonies. As part of music education, the VSUGC performs at music conventions and gospel festivals throughout the country.
Earlier in 2015, the VSUGC claimed first place in the 2015 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards Gospel Choir Competition, held at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta. In 2013, the VSUGC was the first college gospel choir to appear on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and advanced to the show’s quarterfinal round.