$10 Tickets Go On Sale January 31

(Columbia, Tenn. – January 28, 2011) - - - Columbia State Community College is proud to present The Fisk Jubilee Singers in concert on Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cherry Theater located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia Campus. The group is composed of vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee who share their gift of singing throughout the world. Tickets are $10 each and go on sale to the public beginning January 31.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers were created in 1871 when Fisk University faced financial difficulties. The group toured and performed in several cities in various states in order to help raise money for their beloved school. Although they started small with mixed reviews, the group continued to travel, perform and produce. Their mission of preserving the unique American music tradition known today as Negro spirituals gradually garnered critical acclaim.

The group boasts an impressive list of concert venues and hosts. In 1872, they sang at the World Peace Festival in Boston, Massachusetts. At the end of that year, they performed at the White House by special invitation of President Ulysses S. Grant. Several United States (U. S.) and European tours have found them entertaining kings and queens through the years. The singers received a special invitation from the U. S. Department of State in 2007 to travel to Ghana, where they performed during the 50th anniversary of that country’s independence. One of the performance venues was on the grounds of Elmina Castle. This tour became known as “A Sacred Journey.”

Recipients of many awards and honors, The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue to receive recognition as an outstanding choral group which preserves the rich heritage of the Negro spiritual. In July 2008, the group received the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor awarded to artists and patrons of the arts. The two time Grammy Nominated singers have won a Dove Award and have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as well as the Music City Walk of Fame.

Dr. Paul T. Kwami of Ghana serves as Musical Director and Curb-Beaman Chair of The Fisk Jubilee Singers. Under Dr. Kwami’s direction, the group maintains an active touring schedule. This year the singers will perform several concerts throughout Tennessee, as well as concerts in Atlanta, Georgia; LaGrange, Georgia and Clinton, South Carolina.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone at (931) 540-2879. Visa, MaterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased at the Columbia State Community College ticket office located in the J. H. Warf building, room 109, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, ticket sales will open 1 hour prior to the event in the lobby of the Waymon L. Hickman building.

A limited number of free tickets are available to Columbia State students. Students must present their Student I.D. to pick up their free ticket at the Student Information Center located in the Jones Student Center. The tickets will be available from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. from January 31 until February 7.

This event is sponsored by Columbia State Community College’s Lyceum Committee, Student Services department, Access and Diversity department and the Columbia State Foundation.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation.  For more information, please visit


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