Grammy nominee will perform at Spivey Hall

By Mehgaan Jones


A Grammy award nominee, Jubilant Sykes, may sweep listeners off their feet with his rich baritone voice at Spivey Hall, next month.

According to a media statement issued by Sue Volkert, marketing manager for Spivey Hall, Sykes returns to Spivey Hall with three instrumentalists to perform a rewarding mix of music, including traditional Christmas tunes and spirituals.

Sykes will perform with pianist, Mark Rice, string bassist, Roberto Miranda, and percussionist, Chris Parise.

The event will be held at Spivey Hall, on Saturday, Dec. 4, and will begin at 8:15 p.m. According to the advisory, the price for tickets is $50.

The Spivey Hall box office is open from 9 p.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and one hour before each scheduled performance. The box office number is (678) 466-4200, or tickets can be purchased online, at www.spiveyhall.org.

Spivey Hall is located at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, in Morrow.

"We're really excited about the performance ... This is going to be such a great performance and such a great way to usher in the holiday season," said Volkert.

Jubilant Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist, by drawing on gospel and jazz influences to deliver performances in differing musical genres, often leaving audiences and critics searching for new superlatives, Volkert said.

"Mr. Sykes was honored recently [this year] by the recording industry with a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Recording," Volkert added.

Sykes has released several recordings, including his most recent CD, "Jubilant Sykes Sings Copland and Spirituals," which he performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, according to Volkert.

Volkert said that last June, Sykes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in percussion performance, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). "He has performed in a variety of concert venues, ranging from the Jazz Bakery, to the Walt Disney Concert Hall," said the Spivey Hall marketing manager.

"His unique gifts have taken him from such diverse stages as the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and London's Barbican Center, to the Apollo Theater, Hollywood Bowl, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and hundreds of other major venues around the world," she noted.

She added that he is a member of numerous ensembles, including the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestras, the Angeles Chorale, the American Youth Symphony, the UCLA Wind Ensemble, the UCLA Brass Choir, and the UCLA Percussion Ensemble.