Jubilee joined with the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College to give an energetic performance that demonstrated relevant messages of unity and perseverance during a divisive period in our country last Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Sheldon Reid, Jubilee’s director, described the collaboration between the groups as “wonderful” and “powerful,” and was impressed by the crowd’s uproarious reaction to his talented guest singers and soloists.
Reid also described the night as “cathartic” for the singers and the audience as it helped relieve some of the “tension that seems to be so prevalent these days.”
Olivia Kelly, a junior Jubilee member, was excited to perform the song entitled “Better is One Day” because it contained intricate harmonies that motivated the group to sing energetically, using their full potential.
“It takes a lot to stand and sing for hours, and we’ve been working on staying pumped up the whole time,” she explained.
According to Ben Schwartz, a junior Jubilee member, “the best part was getting to perform music with such passion and meaning in an extremely divisive time for our school and our country.”
The concert’s mood was “uplifting,” and its message was “a call to action for many of those who are losing hope to go on and continue to fight for what they believe in,” said Schwartz.
“Overall, I think the audience took this concert as something really positive and unifying despite the turmoil our country is in,” said Kelly.
“The students definitely continue to grow, but have yet to reach their full potential. I can’t wait to see what they will do as they continue to work to develop their talents,” said Reid.