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Abyssinian a Gospel Celebration

Updated: Aug 20, 2021


Two decades ago, Wynton Marsalis composed and recorded In This House, On This Morning and began a creative exploration of how to reflect the forms of the African American church service onto a theme of universal humanism while raising a joyful noise. Marsalis refined this integration of sacred and secular expression with his definitive 2008 extended work Abyssinian 200: A Celebration, commissioned by the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street in Harlem to celebrate its 200th anniversary. After a triumphant performance in London’s Barbican Centre, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings fresh eyes and ears to this masterwork. The sensational conductor Damien Sneed leads Chorale Le Chateau, his 70-person gospel choir, through the demanding compendium of shouts, chants, and joyous expressions required by this composition. Spirited sermonizing from the Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, adds further charisma to the presentation.

Free pre-concert discussion, nightly, 7pm.

To Purchase Tickets:


By Phone: 212-721-6500, CenterCharge

In Person:

JALC Box Office

Broadway at 60th Street, Ground floor

Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-6pm

All tickets subject to a $2 facility fee.  Tickets purchased through subject to $6 service fee, and tickets purchased through CenterCharge subject to $7 service fee.


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