Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration

featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau

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“…immediately breaks into the top five musical experiences of my life.” Jeffrey Rossman, CVNC

For one night only, conductor Damien Sneed will lead Wynton Marsalis,  the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and his 70-voice gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau, in performing Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration, a hand-clappin’, tambourine slappin’ landmark composition of jazz, gospel, instrumentation, and vocals.

Wynton MarsalisSince Wynton 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.

Chorale Le Chateau is a musical group developing a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance vocal literature to jazz, spirituals, gospel, and avant-garde contemporary music. Damien Sneed, the Artistic Director and Founder, selected each singer from his personal experiences as a performer, professor and conductor over the past twenty years. Members hail from various parts of the world and come from various performing arts institutions and venues such as The Juilliard School, The Metropolitan Opera, Howard University, Yale University, The City University of New York, Morgan State University, American Musical and Dramatic Academy and many more. Members include amateurs and professionals, Grammy Award-winners, college professors, and students. Chorale Le Chateau has been featured at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Columbia University and the City University of New York.

style: big band jazz / gospel

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    I listen to ALL types of music and I’ve heard of the wonderful works from both Brandon and Wynton Marsalis for years, I’ve even heard snippets of Wynton Marsalis’s pieces on NPR, yet I have not been MOVED enough to listen to a complete work from either brother, especially from Wynton until now. This album was showcased on PBS (DETROIT)and it brought me to tears. The combination of various styles were amazing. I especialy like the comment Mr. Marsalis made pertaining to the celebration of,… “without the European sound there would be no African sound”. This summed up the pain and joy of both jazz and gospel to me. After seeing this documentary I WILL be purchasing this album and hopefully many more. (I really dont know why I havent really listened prior, I love gospel, classical and jazz…SMH)

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