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The Fisk Jubilee Singers at Symphony Hall: A Tribute by Berklee College of Music

Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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Choirs: Premier Choir, Young Men’s Ensemble
Status: Public

Organized in 1871, the world renowned The Fisk Jubilee Singers® have played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of the Negro spiritual and black American religious music to the world. That music created the paradigm later followed by the blues, jazz, rock and roll, hip hop, and the many styles of music derived from the African cultural diaspora in the United States, thus permanently altering the course of the world's music. Composed of Fisk University students annually selected for the quality and unique harmonious compatibility of their voices, The Fisk Jubilee Singers were awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest artistic honor, in 2008.

Berklee College of Music is pleased to collaborate on a program to pay tribute to this towering musical and social achievement, as well as participate in the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Fisk University's founding in 1866. This special evening of uniquely impactful music at Boston's historic Symphony Hall will feature the singers' traditional repertoire, directed by Prof. Paul Kwami, with guest appearances by Berklee students and faculty, led by Donna McElroy, Fisk alumna, '77, and former Jubilee Singer. Featuring narration by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Harvard professor, author, and Berklee board member Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

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