By SOTG News Service
The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers will host its Spring Sing concert featuring the Singers’ traditional repertoire as well as collaborations with special guest artists on Sunday, March 19 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The annual concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Ryman.
Shannon Sanders, a GRAMMY®, Emmy, and Dove award-winning producer, will serve as co-musical director for the concert alongside Dr. Paul T. Kwami, the ensemble’s director and associate professor of music at Fisk. Special guest performers include country music singer Rodney Atkins, The Fairfield Four, Lee Ann Womack, jazz trumpeter Rod McGaha, singer-songwriter Ruby Amanfu, Anthony David, and former Jubilee singer MarQo Patton.
“I am honored to work alongside Dr. Kwami and the Jubilee Singers again for the Ryman’s 125th-anniversary celebration,” Sanders said. “The Jubilee Singers and the Ryman Auditorium are two of Nashville’s greatest treasures and I am excited to be part of this evening of great music.”
The Fisk Jubilee Singers® were organized as a choral ensemble in 1871 and have played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of the Negro spiritual to the world. The ensemble traveled throughout the world in the 1800s, raising money to support Fisk University. Today, the Singers travel globally, representing Fisk University. The acclaimed ensemble is comprised of Fisk students, who audition annually.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers® have been inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. The ensemble was also awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest artistic honor, in 2008 at the White House by former President George W. Bush. On March 4, 2017, The Fisk Jubilee Singers® will receive Nashville Ballet’s Synergy award at the Ballet’s annual black-tie event.