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Fisk Jubilee Singers to be first to perform on new Ryman stage

The Ryman unveiling its new outdoor stage Wednesday
ryman plaza ribbin cutting
Posted at 8:05 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 21:48:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Ryman Auditorium revealed a new project that they believe will enhance the fan experience. A new outdoor stage was unveiled Wednesday, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers were the first to perform on it.

Watch the full ceremony below:

The Fisk Jubilee singers are still floating on cloud nine after winning their first-ever Grammy.

"When I drive around or walk around or shop everyone is excited that Fisk Jubilee singers finally have won a Grammy," said Dr. Paul Kwami, the Musical Director for the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

The Singers and the Ryman have had a relationship longer than all of us have been alive.

"Historically, the Fisk Jubilee singers have performed here I believe since 1892," said Dr. Kwami.

So, it comes as no surprise the group was invited to be the first to perform on The Ryman's new outdoor stage. The new stage has been in the works since 2015.

fisk jubilee singers perform at pnc plaza
The Fisk Jubilee Singers were the first to perform on the new stage at PNC Plaza at Ryman Auditorium.

Opry Entertainment Group President Scott Bailey hopes it adds to the fan experience and enhances Broadway, too. They plan to line up musical acts on a consistent basis.

"We’re going to take advantage of what I consider a cultural corridor, which we have with the African American museum," said Bailey. "I think you’re going to see a lot of energy and opportunity for fans to come in but not only enhance the experience of going to the Ryman but also be able to have a great environment here.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new stage was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The group performed several songs on the new stage before a reception inside the Ryman's Cafe Lula.