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Nina Kennedy Directs the Fisk Jubilee Singers in Master Class

In the 1960s, Matthew Kennedy arranged the spiritual "Steal Away" for the Fisk Jubilee Singers to perform. He served as director of the group intermittently from 1957 - when he was appointed by then director John W. Work III to succeed him - until his retirement in 1986. His arrangements of "Steal Away" and "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" were publish by Abingdon Press in 1974.

This month Kennedy's daughter Nina traveled to Fisk University to perform on the 4th annual Jubilee Heritage Awards Concert on October 5th. The concert was scheduled to coincide with Jubilee Day on October 6th, which marks the anniversary of the day when the original Fisk Jubilee Singers set out on their first concert tour to raise money for the school. Every year on that day, current Jubilee Singers, alumni and staff go on a pilgrimage to the graves of some of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers. One of the most moving moments of the weekend was when the current group of sin…

Daresha Kyi Wins Emmy

Congratulations to our own Daresha Kyi for winning the 2019 Emmy Award in the Outstanding Documentary Short category for her film Trans in America: Texas Strong.

We're so proud of you, Daresha!

Watch the trailer and read the Houston Chronicle article announcing the award here.


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As part of the Jubilee Day celebrations at Fisk University next month, pianist Nina Kennedy will be performing in the Jubilee Heritage Award Concert at Fisk Memorial Chapel on Saturday October 5th at 7:00 pm. Rock and roll icon Little Richard is one of the honorees, as well as gospel personality Dr. Bobby Jones and hit maker Eddie "ET" Thomas.

Kennedy's father Matthew Kennedy was on the piano faculty at Fisk, and also served as director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers from 1957 to 1986 (intermittently). Her mother Anne Gamble was also a member of the piano faculty and served as piano accompanist for the group.

Nina Kennedy was presented in her first complete solo piano recital in Nashville at age nine. She made her debut as piano soloist with the Nashville Symphony at age thirteen in a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue before an audience of over 4,000. After graduating from McGavock High School, she left Nas…

An Homage to Dame Myra Hess

A continuation of our tales from Vienna...

One of the works performed and recorded by Nina Kennedy at the Bösendorfer Salon was the arrangement for solo piano of the Chorale from Cantata number 147 called "Jesu bleibt meine Freude," (loosely translated "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring") by Johann Sebastian Bach. That published arrangement was made by Dame Myra Hess, a world-renowned concert pianist and hero to the people of London because of the free afternoon concerts she organized and in which she performed at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square during the Second World War. Since there was an official black-out declared at the onset of the bombings by the Nazis, this meant that there were no evening concerts or gatherings because no lights could be turned on at night. Nearly 2,000 of these lunchtime concerts took place during the war, for six-and-a-half years.

For this contribution to maintaining the morale of the populace of London, King George VI proclaimed …



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In 1900, Nina Hortense Clinton traveled from Ohio to the U.K. as a nineteen-year-old soprano with a group of "Fisk Jubilee Singers" under director Frederick Loudin. Their travels included tours of Ireland, Scotland, and Great Britain. She and the group were still in London in 1902 where they witnessed the coronation of King Edward VII.

Clinton's grandfather, James Beverly Lett, was a founder of the Lett Settlement near Zanesville, Ohio. His daughter, Celia Lett married Martin H. Clinton, an ice cream salesman. Nina was their only daughter. After her return from Europe, she eventually married Dr. Henry Floyd Gamble of Charleston, West Virginia. Their daughter, Anne Lucille Gamble, was also a pianist and served on the piano faculty at Fisk University, where she met and married Matthew Washington Kennedy, pianist and director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Their daughter Nina was a …

"The Noshing with Nina Show" in Vienna

As you may recall, in our last newsletter we announced that The Noshing with Nina Show would be spending the bulk of the month of August in Austria and Great Britain. Nina Kennedy in her role as concert pianist was invited to film a music video at the Bösendorfer Salon, which happens to be inside of the Musikverein building in the heart of Vienna.

Our gracious host, Vladimir Bulzan, was kind enough to sit down with us for a short interview on the history of Bösendorfer in Vienna, and to share some details on the beautiful Imperial Grand piano on which Nina performed. That instrument was the model owned and preferred by jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, and Vladimir discovered later that afternoon that the day we were filming happened to be Oscar Peterson's birthday. Happy belated birthday, Oscar! You are our favorite jazz pianist.

Vladimir also pointed out the Bösendorfer model owned by Michael Jackson.

Nina and Vladimir also shared some insight on the life of composer Franz Schubert,…


Nashville-born concert pianist Nina Kennedy returns to Vienna in August to film a music video of her performance of Robert Schumann's Widmung at the Bösendorfer Salon.

The New York Times called Kennedy "a fine pianist," and described her playing as being "sensuous and piquant" in the review of her New York Debut Recital at Lincoln Center. She is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship.

Kennedy resided in Vienna for several years after she graduated from the Juilliard School. She was presented in her Vienna Debut at the Musikverein as piano soloist with the Chicago Sinfonietta in performances of Gershwin in the opening night concert of the Jeunesse Musikalisches Festival.

She is also currently promoting the release of a new single titled "Blue White and Red," featuring American rapper Nejma Nefertiti. Kennedy accompanies Nefertiti with fragments of classical music over Hip hop or "Trap" beats, thus coining t…

Konzertpianistin Nina Kennedy Kehrt Im August Nach Wien Zurück

Die in Nashville geborene Konzertpianistin Nina Kennedy kehrt im August nach Wien zurück, um ein Musikvideo ihrer Aufführung von Robert Schumann's "Widmung" im Bösendorfer Salon aufzunehmen.

Die New York Times bezeichnete Kennedy als "eine gute Pianistin" und beschrieb ihr Spiel in der Rezension ihres New Yorker Debütkonzerts im Lincoln Center als "sinnlich und pikant". Sie ist eine Empfängerin des Stipendiums der Nationalen Stiftung für Solisten.

Kennedy lebte einige Jahre in Wien, nachdem sie die Juilliard School abgeschlossen hatte. Sie wurde bei ihrem Wiener Debüt im Musikverein als Klaviersolistin der Chicago Sinfonietta in Aufführungen von Gershwin im Eröffnungskonzert des Jeunesse Musikalischen Festivals vorgestellt.

Sie wirbt derzeit auch für die Veröffentlichung einer neuen Single mit dem Titel "Blue White and Red" mit dem amerikanischen Rapper Nejma Nefertiti. Kennedy begleitet Nefertiti mit Fragmenten klassischer Musik über Hip H…

Revised Anne Gamble Kennedy article

Anne Gamble Kennedy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Anne Gamble Kennedy Anne Gamble Kennedy (25 September 1920 – 11 June 2001) was an American classical pianist, piano professor, and accompanist for the Fisk Jubilee Singers of Nashville, Tennessee. Contents [hide1Early life2Career3Selected discography4Notes Early life Anne Lucille Gamble was born in Charleston, West Virginia to Dr. Henry Floyd Gamble and the former Nina Hortense Clinton[1]. She was the younger of two children born to that union. She also had two older step-siblings, Katherine Lee Gamble and Henry Floyd Gamble, Jr. One of the first African-American graduates of the Yale Medical School, Henry Gamble had to "pass" for white in order to complete his education. Anne was eleven years old when her father was killed in a car accident in 1932. Dr. Gamble’s mother had been a slave on the Howard’s Neck Plantation in Goochland County, Virginia. His father Henry Harmon Gamble was a foreman on the same plantation, …