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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Announces “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour”

lecheatuRaise your voices and lift your hearts as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisDamien Sneed, and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau announce Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour, an historic hand–clappin’, tambourine-slappin’ celebration scheduled to take place in performing arts centers and churches in the U.S.

On this unique tour, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, and Chorale Le Chateau will perform Marsalis’ composition Abyssinian Mass, a landmark collaboration of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals. Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour kicks off in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 3 and ends in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27 (see tour dates below).

Since Marsalis composed and recorded In This House, On This Morning two decades ago, he has remained committed to projecting a theme of universal humanism — and raising a joyful noise — while reflecting the form of the African American church service. Never has Marsalis coalesced the codes of sacred and secular expression more sucPress Alert: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed lands in Hcessfully than with the 2008 extended work Abyssinian Mass, commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem.

In select cities, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour will include education initiatives curated by conductor Damien Sneed and utilizing the talents of gospel artist and educator Karla Scott to engage thousands of high school age choir students to community choir members. In workshop settings, the young participants will study and perform select movements from Abyssinian Mass. These workshops will be supported by online videos featuring Damien Sneed discussing the history of gospel music, cultural background and its relevant styles, as well as specific rehearsal techniques.


October 3 & 4
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
UNC Chapel Hill Memorial Hall

October 5
Norfolk, Virginia – Chrysler Hall

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October 6
Washington, D.C.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

October 8
Charlotte, North Carolina
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

October 10
Athens, Georgia
 – University of Georgia

October 11
Augusta, Georgia – Good Shepherd Baptist Church

October 13
New Orleans, Louisiana – Saenger Theatre

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October 14
Houston, Texas – Fountain of Praise Church

October 15
Austin, Texas – The Long Center

October 16
Dallas, Texas –
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

October 18
St. Louis, Missouri
 – Touhill Performing Arts Center

October 19
Kansas City, Missouri
Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall

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October 21
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
 – Messiah College

October 22
New Haven, Connecticut –
Yale University, Woosley Hall

October 24-26
New York, New York 
Jazz at LIncoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

October 27
Boston, Massachusetts – Symphony Hall

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