FISK UNIVERSITY TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL UPON THESE SHOULDERS CONCERT
UPON THESE SHOULDERS HELD IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERSECTION CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE AND CHORAL ARTS LINK, INC. -
December 14, 2017 – Nashville, TN – In partnership with Intersection, Nashville’s professional contemporary ensemble and Choral Arts Links, Inc., Fisk University will host the Upon These Shoulders concert on January 11 in the Fisk Memorial Chapel. The performance features the world premiere of a work commissioned by Intersection from composer Jonathan Bailey Holland and the Nashville premiere of Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed.
Now in its second year, Upon These Shoulders honors the life of Dr. King and the many heroes of the Civil Right Movement through music, spoken word and song. This year’s performance features the world-premiere of I Too Sing, a newly commissioned work for instrumental ensemble and youth chorus by composer Jonathan Bailey Holland, as well as the Nashville premiere of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by Joel Thompson and additional repertoire performed by Choral Arts Link, Fisk Jubilee Singers and more.
Jonathan Bailey Holland is a Boston-based composer who has been commissioned by orchestras such as the Detroit, Baltimore and Cincinnati Symphonies. His latest work reflects experiences exploring race, equity and youth. Intersection recently brought Holland to Nashville to draw inspiration for the new work. He toured the Civil Rights Room, Creswell Middle Prep School and Fisk University.
Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” is a work for male chorus, strings and piano featuring seven movements representing the last words of seven different unarmed men who were killed by figures of authority. The performance features a community chorus including students from Fisk, Tennessee State, Lipscomb and more.
Intersection will also host a pre-concert discussion at NECAT Studios titled “Hope Unborn: The Intersection of Race, Arts and Democracy,” on Jan. 10 at 6:00pm to discuss the featured works in Upon These Shoulders. The panel will feature composers Jonathan Bailey Holland and Joel Thompson with Metro Arts’ Cecilia Olusola Tribble moderating. The event is free, but RSVP is required.
HOPE UNBORN: THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, ARTS AND DEMOCRACY
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 – 6:00-7:45pm
120 White Bridge Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 7:00pm
Fisk Memorial Chapel
1000 17th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
Performances begin in the Carl Van Vechten Gallery starting at 5:30pm
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