The DCA Passport Program opens up a world of musical and educational opportunities

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One of the standout features of the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) at Fish Creek is the opportunity it provides the community to see popular artists such as Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, Marty Stuart and Joan Baez, as well as live unforgettable cultural experiences through music. and programs around the world.

“During the tourist season, DCA hosts world-renowned traveling artists,” said General Manager Cari Lewis. “During the school year, we bring the world into our community.”

On Friday, March 25, DCA audiences will travel to Zimbabwe through the sounds and talents of Zimbabwean vocal ensemble Nobuntu as part of DCA’s Passport programme.

Recently nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards, the all-female a cappella quintet create concerts with elements ranging from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-jazz and gospel, and they are accompanied of minimalist percussion, traditional instruments and organic dance movements.

Nobuntu’s five voices resonate with power and intensity, emanating from the spirit of the ensemble’s home country, Zimbabwe, where ‘nobuntu’ translates to ‘mother of goodness’.

Based on these attributes and accolades, Lewis said the band seemed like the perfect addition to DCA’s Passport 2022 program lineup, which offers performance and learning opportunities for the general public and students.

“We work towards a good mix of performing arts disciplines, cultures and curriculum connections, and aim to provide at least one show for all student age ranges,” Lewis said. “A female vocal ensemble from Zimbabwe suited us perfectly.”

The group’s celebration of the African philosophy of “ubuntu”, which values ​​humanity’s compassion and interdependence, also seemed perfectly suited to the current times.

“My hope for this program is similar to my hope for all performances at DCA,” Lewis said. “I want audiences to come in, lay down their burden for 60-120 minutes, be present, share the space with their community, feel a range of human emotions, and leave renewed, inspired, or perhaps resolute in a challenge” , Lewis said. “[‘Ubuntu’] is timely right now, but it’s also a timeless philosophy.

View sponsorship of Pulse Peninsula and sponsorship of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik 30th Anniversary Season enabled DCA to provide free tickets to all Door County music, band, theater and dance students, as well as tickets $10 for accompanying family members and $10 tickets for all Door County School students and staff. These tickets must be reserved by phone at 920.868.2728.

General public tickets range from $28 to $48 and are available online at dcauditorium.org; by phone at 920.868.2728; or in person at the DCA Box Office, 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek.

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