The Fisk Jubilee Singers, acclaimed recipients of the National Medal of Arts, will perform as part of the University’s annual Christmas Concert in Fisk Memorial Chapel on December 3 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will also feature the Fisk Jazz Ensemble, University Chior, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Soror Musica. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 615-329-8702.
The Singers will also make a special appearance in Nashville as part of the Grand Vista Christmas Show at TPAC’s Polk Theater on December 8 at 7:30p.m. The event will additionally include performances byPerry Danos, Shelean Newman and Marty Raybon. For ticketing information, call 615-782-4040.
Fisk’s Jubilee Singers have served as one of America’s foremost a cappella ensembles and as the premier carriers of the Negro Spiritual. These songs were originally sung by slaves prior to the Civil War and have globally influenced many genres of music such as r & b, gospel and rock & roll.
During their first tours, the Singers also contributed tour earnings to The Great Chicago Fire victims in 1871 and were invited to perform at The White House by President Ulysses Grant in 1872. In 1873, the group grew to eleven members and performed for the crowned heads of Europe. The group’s earnings paid for the construction of Jubilee Hall, the first permanent building in America erected for the education of African-Americans.
In 2008, the Singers were among the most recent recipients of the National Medal of Arts, America’s most prestigious award for artists and arts patrons.