The Harry T. Burleigh Society and the Fisk Jubilee Singers join in a historic performance celebrating leaders of the concert spiritual tradition. Performing spirituals inspired by original Fisk Jubilee Singer, composer Ella Sheppard, and spirituals arranged by Harry T. Burleigh, the Fisk Jubilee Singers will sound the music of these underheard cultural leaders, and make calls for freedom.
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The first academic conference hosted by the Harry T Burleigh Society. “More than the Promise of the American Myth: Rethinking Burleigh and Sheppard in the Second Gilded Age” considers how the interrelationships between power, race, America, virtuosity, and collaboration in the lives and music of Burleigh and Sheppard make possibilities for liberatory thinking and practices to contend with anti-blackness, and make commands for America to be more than the promise of its myth.