Fisk Jubilee Singers visit CCC, receive standing ovation
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College students, faculty and staff as well as local community members and churches witnessed a resonant and poignant performance Sunday by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Fisk Jubilee Singers visit CCC, receive standing ovation

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Mon Mar 30, 2015

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College students, faculty and staff as well as local community members and churches witnessed a resonant and poignant performance Sunday by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

CCC hosted the two-time Grammy nominated and 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee during a free concert, sponsored by CCC’s Lyceum Committee.

The 16-member group, who travel and sing worldwide, received a standing ovation at the end of their performance that included a flawless delivery of 17 traditional spirituals such as “Steal away to Jesus”, “Swing low, sweet chariot” and “Old time religion”.

Paul T. Kwami, musical director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, said the performance would hold a special place in his heart.

“I have been in the United Stated for many, many years,” said Kwami, who became the first African to lead the Singers in 1994. “But this performance is very, very special to me because this is my first time coming to this state. … I want to thank you all for coming and making this evening special.”

The CCC Choir, under the direction of Kelvin T. Towers, served as the evenings opening act with four selections, including: Gyorgy Orban’s “Daemon Irrepit Callidus”; Byron J. Smith’s version of “Blessed Assurance”; Moses Hogan’s “I Can Tell The World”; and Damon Dandridge’s version of “I Know I’ve Been Changed”.

“We were very fortunate to host Fisk University for a pleasant evening—this was just great,” said CCC Chief of Staff Jerone Shaw. “We also offer a special thank you to our Lyceum Committee and to Mr. Towers for such a wonderful evening.”

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