By Tribune Staff
NASHVILLE, TN — The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is joining forces with Tennessee State University to honor one of the pioneers in spiritual and classical music. They have been named a sponsor of the fourth annual Harry T. Burleigh Spiritual Festival, hosted at Tennessee State University this weekend. The museum will sponsor several events including a panel discussion on Friday, and the closing scholarship concert Saturday night. The scholarship concert is free and open to the public.
With a theme taken from the title of a Burleigh arrangement in the slave dialect, this year’s spiritual festival will explore and dissect the Negro Spiritual’s influence on modern composition and music making, non-African American composers, social justice movements, and hip-hop.
“Even though we are scheduled to open next year, NMAAM has made and will continue to make the effort to educate and engage our local community with education programs like this,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and president of NMAAM. “So much of the music you hear today has roots going back to Negro spirituals. Along with the Spiritual Festival, the museum wants to be one of the ways that music fans of all...