Fisk Jubilee Singers to Present Concert at Brentwood Academy
The Fisk Jubilee Singers will be in concert at Brentwood Academy on Tuesday, March 4, at 9:15 AM, in the upper school gymnasium. Known for their outstanding renditions of spiritual songs, the group is directed by Brentwood Academy parent Dr. Paul T. Kwami, who is a graduate of Fisk University.
Brentwood Academy’s Spiritual Life Department is sponsoring the performance.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an American a cappella ensemble that performs Negro spirituals originally sung by slaves prior to the Civil War. The first group of Singers arranged the music and took it on the road beginning in 1871 introducing the public to a new genre that remains a vibrant musical tradition today.
On November 16, 1871, a group of unknown singers — all but two former slaves and many still in their teens — arrived at Oberlin College in Ohio to perform before a national convention of ministers. After a few standard ballads the chorus sang spirituals and other songs associated with slavery. It was one of the first public performances of the secret music African Americans sang in the fields and behind closed doors for generations.
The public is invited to attend the concert. Please enter through the front main entrance of the upper school building, using the south entrance to the campus. Brentwood Academy is located at 219 Granny White Pike in Brentwood.
Brentwood Academy is a coeducational, independent school serving students in grades six through twelve and dedicated to nurturing and challenging students in mind, body and spirit to the glory of God.
Posted on: 2/28/2014