Fisk University opened in Nashville in 1866 as the first American university to offer a liberal arts education to “young men and women irrespective of color.” Five years later the school was in dire financial straits. George L. White, Fisk treasurer and music professor then, created a nine-member choral ensemble of students and took them on tour to earn money for the University. Eventually, enough money was raised to build the University’s first building. The ensemble continues to travel around the world, singing the Negro spiritual and representing Fisk University. Over the years, they have been invited to sing at the White House, won a Dove Award, and been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Placeholding tickets for this free concert will be available on Eventbrite.com beginning Sept. 15.