Fisk Jubilee Singers

Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:00PM
Attucks Theatre

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Fisk Jubilee Singers

March 18, Attucks Theatre, Norfolk

These vocal artists and students at Tennessee’s Fisk University sing and travel worldwide. The original Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. Famed American novelist Mark Twain was a fan, proclaiming: ''Their music made all other vocal music cheap. In the Jubilees and their songs, America has produced the perfectest flower of the ages.''They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained royalty in Europe. In 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were selected as a recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artists and patrons of the arts.

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American Evolution commemorates the 400th anniversary of key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence American democracy, diversity and opportunity. To inspire local, national and international engagement in these three key themes, American Evolution is partnering with notable Virginia institutions like the Virginia Arts Festival, and launching a series of signature events, education programs, and legacy projects. The American Evolution partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival explores the influences of our complex history on the culture in America today by sponsoring performances by world-renowned artists. These performers bring to Virginia their perspectives on the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity.

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