April 26, 2018 – 7:00 pm

Concert: Songs of Freedom

Featuring performances by the Fairfield Four and other Nashville musicians

  • The Fairfield Four, provided by www.facebook.com/FairfieldFour

  • Keith Calhoun. TWO TO A SIX-BY-EIGHT-FOOT CELL AT ANGOLA PRISON, 1980. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist. © Keith Calhoun

  • Chandra McCormick. YOUNG MAN, ANGOLA STATE PENITENTIARY, 2013. Archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist. © Chandra McCormick

7:00 p.m.                                                                          
Frist Art Museum Auditorium                                             
Free; first come, first seated

Music has been used throughout history to unite communities in the face of injustice. From early spirituals to civil rights era freedom songs to jazz and blues recorded at Angola Prison, music has conveyed messages that could not be expressed by words alone. Join us for a celebratory evening of music, featuring performances by the Fairfield Four and other Nashville musicians.

Download the program for this event.

Performers include:

Special guests
The Fairfield Four

Inversion Vocal Ensemble
Adrianna Clemons • Byron Harvey • Johna Jackson • Jullian Leggs • Xavier Rucker • Cedric Townsend • Breanna Williams

Diaspora Orchestra
David Elion, violin • Leandria Lott, violin • Shelly Blair, viola • Nicole Neely, viola • Darius Salazar, bass • Rashad Sylvester, piano

Patrick Dailey • Shonka Dukureh • Diana Poe

with performances by
Marquan Martin • Tia Smedley • Gerald Watson


Music Director
Dave Ragland

Assistant Music Director
Cameron Keith Walls


This program is presented in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music.


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