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Fisk Jubilee Singers perform at Cintas Center

Historic choral group gives voice to spirituals in Sunday concert

01/28/03

The Fisk University Jubilee Singers have performed for kings, queens, prime ministers and presidents, and now they’re taking the stage at Xavier. The world-famous choir is giving a concert full of haunting African-American spirituals and folk songs on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center. The Jubilee Singers were created in 1871 in an effort to ease the financial struggles of the fledgling university. Formed in 1866 in Nashville, Tenn., Fisk University was built to give men and women of all races an education of the highest standard. The Jubilee Singers raised money for their school by traveling across the nation and abroad, performing at international music festivals in Italy and New York's famed Carnegie Hall, for audiences that included Queen Victoria, Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant and Johann Strauss. Today, the current Jubilee Singers continue to introduce listeners to slave songs that celebrate life, survival and victory. The concert is a part of a lectures series sponsored by the ethics/religion and society program, which strives to provide substantive opportunities for the ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues. Upcoming events include law professor and columnist Patricia J. Williams on Feb. 9, television journalist Richard Rodriguez on March 23 and a town hall meeting on April 14. Tickets for Fisk University Jubilee Singers concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Proceeds from the tickets sales benefit Fisk University. For more information about the lecture series, e-mail ers@xavier.edu or call 513 745-2021. For ticket information, call Alice Church at 513 731-0303.