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Chorale Le Chateau Announces Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour

JLCObyFrankStewart_1.9MB(2)Raise 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.  The Abyssinian Gospel 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 successfully 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.




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October 3-4, 2013
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – UNC Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
October 5, 2013

Norfolk, Virginia – Chrysler Hall

October 6, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Kennedy Center

October 8, 2013

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Charlotte, North Carolina – Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

October 10, 2013

Athens, Georgia – University of Georgia

October 11, 2013

Augusta, Georgia – Good Shepherd Baptist Church

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October 13, 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana – Saenger Theatre

October 14, 2013

Houston, Texas – Fountain of Praise Church

October 15, 2013

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Austin, Texas – The Long Center

October 16, 2013

Dallas, Texas – The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

October 18, 2013

St. Louis, Missouri – Touhill Performing Arts Center

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October 19, 2013

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

October 21, 2013

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania – Messiah College

October 22, 2013

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New Haven, Connecticut – Yale University, Woosley Hall

October 24-26, 2013

New York, New York – Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

October 27, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts – Symphony Hall

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  1. Sarahjane Reil

    September 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    what time in Austin? How much are the tickets

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