Atlanta Music Festival Spotlights Legendary Singers

Jessye Norman
Opera singer Jessye Norman will be honored at this year’s Atlanta Music Festival. CREDIT MERIDIAN HERALD

A singing group with rich history will be performing live at the upcoming Atlanta Music Festival.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are featured performers at the festival happening in the First Congregational Church on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The group originally formed in 1871 and made history performing for both African American and white audiences. A year later, U.S. President Ulysses Grant invited them to sing at the White House. Then in 1910, they performed at the first Atlanta Music Festival in 1910.

Emory University music professor and the Rev. Dwight Andrews, tenor Timothy Miller and Steven Darsey of Meridian Herald joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes in the studio to discuss the program.

A pre-concert release party of AMF’s 2016 recording, featuring the late, Grammy Award-winning opera singer Jessye Norman, is planned to happen in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.

“Jessye left a legacy and an impact on the world, especially to young musicians of color from small towns, such as myself. She left a message that said, ‘You too can achieve great heights and impact the world with your gifts,’” Miller said.

Tickets can be bought online for the event for $25.

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