Inspirational A Cappella Tribute
April 26 – June 2
Written and Directed by
Vocal Arrangements and
Dianne Adams McDowell
The Kreeger Theater
“[Thompson] is a known showman with a gift for theatricality.”
Jubilee is generously sponsored by
Andrew R. Ammerman; R. Lucia Riddle; Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones.
The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a cappella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a cappella performance with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.
V. SAVOY MCILWAIN
AUNDI MARIE MOORE
KATHERINE ALEXIS THOMAS
DIANNE ADAMS MCDOWELL
N. THOMAS PEDERSEN
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