The 13thAnnual Piersen Lecture Series sponsored by the department of history at Fisk University will feature rare and unheard works by alumnus, composer, educator and former director of Fisk Jubilee Singers John W. Work III on Thursday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall. The Piersen Lecture Series is free and open to the public.
Work served as chairman of the University’s department of music and director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers from 1947-1956. As a composer, Work is responsible for writing over 100 compositions for various musical ensemble groupings. He is most remembered for his music for solo voice as well as his compositions for choral music.
At the Piersen Lecture Series, Work’s music will be performed by Dr. Philip Autry, chair of the Fisk Department of Music, Stefan Petrescu, professor of strings at Tennessee State and Fisk Universities, Ai Ishihara, pianist and graduate student at Tennessee State University, Zhengyang Cong, pianist and student at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School as well as Fisk piano performance majors De’Andre Jones and Kaylina Madison.
The Piersen Series, named in honor of the later William Piersen, is an ongoing forum that exists to provide primary research information on Fisk University. Dr. Pierson served as chair of Fisk’s history department for fifteen years, and he was designated as a McKnight Fellow in American History.
Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s first university. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African American who earn Ph. D.s in the natural sciences than any school in the nation.
For more information, call 329-8610.