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World Famous Fisk Jubilee Singers® to Perform Feb. 15 at Bethany Baptist Church to Benefit The Matt Shaw Fund

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Le Moyne College will host the Fisk Jubilee Singers® as the world-renowned group comes to Syracuse to perform a concert that will benefit the Matt Shaw Fund. The performance will take place on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Bethany Baptist Church, located at 149 Beattie Street in Syracuse.

Opening this special evening will be the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, under the direction of Dr. Joan Hillsman.

Founded in 1871, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have performed at venues around the world, earning a number of extraordinary honors. They are from Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn., one of the most storied historically black colleges and universities in the U.S.

In 1872 the new ensemble sang at the World Peace Festival in Boston and at the end of the year President Ulysses S. Grant invited them to perform at the White House. In 1873 the group grew to 11 members and toured Europe for the first time. Funds raised that year were used to construct the school’s first permanent building, Jubilee Hall. Today Jubilee Hall, designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of Interior in 1975, is one of the oldest structures on the Fisk University campus. The beautiful Victorian Gothic building houses a floor-to-ceiling portrait of the original Jubilee Singers, commissioned by Queen Victoria in during the 1873 tour as a gift from England to Fisk.

Nominated for two Grammys, the Fisk Jubilee 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. In 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush at the White House. Other awards of the ensemble include the Governor’s Award, the Recording Academy Honors and the Heritage Award of the Nashville Music Awards. Watch a video history of the Fisk Jubilee Singers here.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Matt Shaw Fund, named in honor of a 2012 Le Moyne graduate who was killed in a random act of violence just months after his commencement. The fund supports student academic enrichment by helping to finance academic travel, professional conferences and other opportunities.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students, and can be purchased online at www.lemoyne.edu/shaw; for more information, contact Barb Karper at (315)445-4525.

posted on: 1/28/2014