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June 7, 2014

Fisk Jubilee Singers leader Matthew Kennedy dies

USA Today:

Matthew Kennedy, who started playing piano as a young child in the segregated South, went on to perform at Carnegie Hall and around the world, and led the Fisk Jubilee Singers for more than 20 years, died Thursday night. He was 93.

Kennedy died of complications from cancer after being in hospice care for a week.

Known for his gentle, steady nature and for hands that seemed to have been dipped in the mythical Fountain of Youth, Kennedy remained an "icon" at Fisk University, his alma mater and longtime employer, long after he retired, said Adrienne Latham, the school's director of alumni affairs. He drew photo-seeking admirers like a magnet.

"He was the figure you would expect to see whenever the alma mater was being sung," Latham said.
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Posted by acapnews at June 7, 2014 12:00 AM