Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Tags/Genres Jazz

?the closest thing this era has to a jazz superstar on the scale of Duke Ellington? ? The New York Times

The performance of Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration is made possible, in part, by performance benefactors Munroe and Becky Cobey.

Two decades ago, Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded In This House, On This Morning and began a creative exploration of how the African-American church service reflects the theme of universal humanism while raising a joyful noise.

He refined this integration of sacred and secular expression with his definitive 2008 extended work Abyssinian 200: A Celebration, commissioned by the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to celebrate its bicentennial anniversary.

After a triumphant performance in London’s Barbican Centre, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has brought fresh perspective to this masterwork. Sensational conductor Damien Sneed leads his 70-person gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau, through the demanding compendium of shouts, chants and joyous expressions in this performance.

Preview the performance here:

Program Notes LIVE: 200 Years of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York

with Dr. Genna Rae McNeilUNC Department of History
and Dr. Eboni Marshall TurmanDirector of Black Church Studies, Duke Divinity School

6:30pm | October 3
Historic Playmakers Theater

In the first of two Program Notes LIVE events for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, UNC History Professor Genna Rae McNeil talks about her upcoming book, WITNESS: Two Centuries of African American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York. Dr. McNeil will be joined at the podium by newly-appointed Director of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, who recently served as an assistant minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.

Program Notes LIVEJazz at the Juncture: Wynton Marsalis and Creation of The Sacred Jazz Monument

with Dr. Anthony KelleyProfessor of the Practice of Music, Duke University

7pm | October 4
Historic Playmakers Theater


In the second Program Notes LIVE event of the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra series, Professor Anthony Kelley discusses the creation of the “sacred jazz monument” in large-scale religious works by Wynton Marsalis. Kelley, who has been a member of the Duke music faculty since 2000, was previously Composer-in-Residence for the Richmond Symphony, under a grant from Meet the Composer. A composer of both film and symphonic music, Kelley’s compositions have also been performed by the Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, North Carolina, Oakland East Bay, Marin (CA) and San Antonio symphony orchestras.