Fisk Jubilee Singers® to Headline Benefit Concert at Ryman on April 9
NASHVILLE – The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers® will perform at the historic Ryman Auditorium on April 9 at 8 p.m. in a benefit concert honoring their history as Nashville’s earliest ambassadors of music and to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fisk University’s founding in 1866. Making special guest appearances will be gospel singer CeCe Winans, legendary bluesman Sam Moore, southern rocker Jimmy Hall and singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu, among others. Tickets are now on sale.
Performing April 9th at Ryman Auditorium:
Fisk Jubilee Singers • Keb' Mo' • CeCe Winans • Jimmy Hall • Gwendolyn Brown • Sam Moore • Ruby Amanfu • Gordon Kennedy • Jordan Holland • Derek Minor
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Spring Arts Festival
Don't forget to check out the Fisk University's 87th Annual Spring Arts Festival happening April 4-10. There will be concerts, art shows, film festivals, and more to enjoy. Check out the schedule.
As part of a yearlong celebration, Fisk University will host its Sesquicentennial Scholarship Gala at the Music City Center on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00pm. GRAMMY® award winning recording artist Wynonna Judd and the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers® will perform during the gala. Actress and Fisk Alumna Kym Whitley will serve as Mistress of Ceremony for the event. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson will serve as Keynote Speaker for the event. Get Gala details and tickets.
“We are thrilled about this performance at the Ryman. For over a century, the Fisk Jubilee Singers® have been the crown jewels of our university and this performance will be a great way to remind Nashvillians why they are so highly regarded,” said Frank. L. Sims, president of Fisk University. “Dr. Kwami and The Fisk Jubilee Singers® have done a tremendous job in keeping the essence of spirituals and song alive and the Fisk community is forever grateful for their talents.”
The concert will feature the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ traditional repertoire and collaborations with guest artists under the direction of Paul T. Kwami. Shannon Sanders, the GRAMMY, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer, will serve as co-musical director for the concert with Kwami.
“I am honored to work alongside Dr. Kwami in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Fisk University,” Sanders said. “Fisk and the Jubilee Singers are part of the fibers that make up the fabric of Music City.”
The Fisk Jubilee Singers® was organized as a choral ensemble in 1871 and has played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of the Negro spiritual to the world. The ensemble traveled throughout the world in the 1800s, singing songs that were sacred to them and raising money to support Fisk University.
“The Fisk Jubilee Singers® served as Nashville’s earliest ambassadors of music and continue to add richness to the world-class music of all genres being created and performed in Music City,” said Ken Levitan, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and co-president of Vector Management. “Their history is deeply connected to the reason why Nashville became known as Music City. To this day, they are a national treasure, and they are right here in our own backyard.”
Fisk Jubilee Singers® still travel globally, representing not only Fisk University but also the City of Nashville. The ensemble is comprised of Fisk University students, who are selected annually through an audition process. This ensemble has received numerous awards, including induction into the Music City Walk of Fame and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. The Fisk Jubilee Singers® were also awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest artistic honor, in 2008.
On Feb. 21, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. collaborated on a program to honor the legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers® and pay tribute to the Negro spiritual. This music, which has its roots in West African culture, has influenced various forms of American music and continues to be an important part of Nashville’s music culture.