NASHVILLE, TN (TN Tribune)– To honor their history as Nashville’s earliest ambassadors of music and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ensemble, the Fisk Jubilee Singers will host and perform at a benefit concert in the historic Ryman Auditorium on November 11, 2021. The show will take place just over one month after their official anniversary on October 6. Tickets are on sale now.
“This has been an extraordinary year, and we are so excited about the future of the Fisk Jubilee Singers,” said Dr. Jens Frederiksen, Executive Vice President, Fisk University. “The voices of the Fisk Jubilee Singers have inspired generations across the country and the world, and today’s ensemble continues to exemplify everything that makes Fisk University such a special place.”
A significant part of Nashville’s history since 1871, the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers will be celebrating this milestone through performances of their traditional repertoire of spirituals with a stacked lineup of talent including Jason Eskridge, Ruby Amanfu, Natalie Hemby, Brassville, Rissi Palmer, Kyla Jade, Tommy Sims, Starlito, Curt Chambers and Dr. Bobby Jones. Marcia Dyson, founder of Women’s Global Institute, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Shannon Sanders, the GRAMMY®, Emmy and Dove award-winning producer, will serve as co-musical director for the concert with Musical Director and Fisk Jubilee Singer Alumnus Dr. Paul T. Kwami. Earlier this year, the Fisk Jubilee Singers received their first GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, making Fisk University the first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to receive a GRAMMY®.
They were also honored with the Rhapsody and Rhythm Award from the National Museum of African American Music and a Dove Award nomination. A $1.5 million anonymous donation, one of the largest in the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ history, was gifted to the ensemble. The donation will help to establish a permanent endowment named after Dr. Kwami and will provide a foundation to further support artistic projects and recruit future generations of extraordinary talent.
“Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Fisk Jubilee Singers is an incredible milestone,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We are honored to support this event and the singers who first started exporting music from Music City all those years ago.” The Fisk Jubilee Singers were organized as a choral ensemble in 1871 and 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 Nashville’s Fisk University. The group still travels globally, representing not only Fisk University but also Music City. The ensemble is comprised of Fisk University students, who are selected annually through an audition process.
Sponsorship packages are available to interested individuals and businesses. Sponsorship levels are available at a variety of levels. ### The Fisk Jubilee Singers®Fisk Jubilee Singers® are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., who sing and travel worldwide. The original ensemble introduced the Negro spiritual to the world in 1871 as they traveled and raised money to sustain Fisk University. The ensemble was also instrumental in preserving this unique American musical, which is the root of other American forms of music.
During their early years of travel and performance, they sang for crowned heads around the world. The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world, and recently performed in renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Institute, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, The White House, the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In 2007 the ensemble
traveled and performed in Ghana at the invitation of the Department of State in celebration of Ghana’s 50th Independence anniversary.
The two-time GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers have received numerous awards including the induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. In 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush at the White House.
The ensemble has collaborated with guest artists such as Neil Young, CeCe Winans, Keb’ Mo’, Shania Twain, India.Arie, The Fairfield Four and Rodney Atkins, Ledisi and now has membership in the Academy of Country Music. fiskjubileesingers.org The Nashville Convention & Visitors CorpThe mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination.
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