Signature SeriesThe Fisk Jubilee Singers at Symphony Hall: A Tribute

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Sunday / February 21, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
United States
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Organized in 1871, the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers have played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of negro spiritual and black American religious music to the world. That music created the paradigm later followed by the blues, jazz, rock 'n' 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 was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest artistic honor, in 2008.

Watch the Fisk Jubilee Singers perform "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" here:

Berklee College of Music is proud 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 Paul Kwami. It will also include guest appearances by Berklee students—the Berklee Jubilee Celebration Orchestra, conducted by Julius Williams, will perform—and faculty, led by 1977 Fisk alumna Donna McElroy, who is a former Jubilee Singer. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Harvard professor, author, and Berklee board member Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will do a reading at the show.