The Atlanta Music Festival is an annual event that draws on the concert music and spirituals of African Americans, an enduring legacy which is now shared throughout the world. This year the festival returns to its historic roots at First Congregational Church and brings back the Fisk Jubilee Singers who sang in the original festival in 1910. Other performers include Bass/Baritone Calvin Griffin, Tenor Timothy Miller, the Meridian Chorale and soloists.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers began at Fisk University, a school created for formerly enslaved persons. They played a crucial role in bringing the arranged African American spirituals to America and the world, singing before the Queen of England in 1871. In addition to the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Meridian Chorale, the program will feature extraordinary bass/baritone Calvin Griffin. He has had successful debuts with the Atlanta Opera as Mother in The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as Morales in Carmen. Currently, he is excited to cover Zuniga in Dallas Opera's production of Carmen, to sing the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with the Florida Grand Opera, and to sing Eddie in Minnesota Opera's production of The Fix. Tenor Timothy Miller has many operatic, concert, and television appearances to his credit. He is an assistant professor of music at his alma mater Morehouse College and is beloved throughout Georgia for his singing for civic and religious events, and especially for his appearances with the Atlanta Braves.