The College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center will host a fundraising concert and reception featuring the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers on April 19, 2013. All proceeds from the concert will support public programs at the Avery Research Center.Under the direction of Dr. Paul Kwami, the Fisk Jubilee Singers travel worldwide singing the American musical tradition known as the Negro Spirituals.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students of Fisk University, a historically Black college, established in 1866. In 1871, the original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ or the “Sorrow Songs”—a term coined by Dr. W.E.B. DuBois— to the world and were responsible for preserving this important and uniquely American musical tradition.
In the late 19th century, they traveled to Europe performing before kings and queens, breaking racial barriers, both abroad and here at home.
Sponsors include SunTrust Bank and the following offices and departments at the College of Charleston: Avery Research Center, Office of The President, Friends of the Library, School of the Arts.
For more information, contact Savannah Frierson at 843.953.7609.