The Fisk Jubilee Singers to perform tonight at Tech

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are scheduled to perform in Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building at 7 p.m. Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, the group is from Fisk University in Nashville and performs worldwide. The Fisk Jubilee Singers have performed slave songs since 1871, when the group was established. The current group continues the tradition, performing negro spirituals that have served to break racial barriers, raise money for their school, and open the hearts and minds of audiences.

Bringing the Fisk Jubilee Singers to Tech was proposed by Robert Owens, Minority Affairs director.

“The performance is a Center Stage event paid for from Student Activity Fees, said Susan Maddux, coordinator of general education events. The Policy and Oversight Committee for the General Education Fund has final approval on the Center Stage events that have been proposed by people in the Tech community.”

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers travel the world regularly. Future performance locations include Jackson on Feb.26, Nashville on March 11and Washington D.C. on April 22. In May, the Fisk Jubilee Singers will travel to The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in New York before coming back to Nashville to begin their 2011 season.