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Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Critically Acclaimed The Abyssinian Mass By Wynton Marsalis Returns To The House Of Swing Featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis And Gospel Choir Chorale Le Chateau Directed By Damien L. Sneed

Presented in Collaboration with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival
Rose Theater on November 21-23,8:00 p.m.


New York, NY (September 25, 2019)– On November 21-23, at 8:00 p.m., Jazz at Lincoln Center, in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, reprises The Abyssinian Mass by award-winning composer and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be joined by Damien L. Sneed and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau with Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, pastor of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, for this encore performance of The Abyssinian Mass. The epic suite explores the African American experience through a swinging big band and gospel choir celebration. Bringing full-throated gospel together witha massive range of jazz styles, The Abyssinian Mass is a sweeping blend of big band bravado,impassioned solos, hand claps, tambourine slaps, and some of the mightiest voices you’ll hear outside of church.

Commissioned in 2008 to honor the bicentennial of Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Abyssinian Mass has since become a best-selling record and toured packed concert halls and churches around the country. The unique masterpiece now returns exclusively to its hometown for three nights in the House of Swing. Created and performed for audiences of all faiths and backgrounds, The Abyssinian Mass is a spirited and swinging affirmation of just how good it can feel to be human.

A free pre-concert discussion takes place at 7:00 p.m. each night at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The Abyssinian Mass takes place in Rose Theater in Frederick P.Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located on Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. For additional information and to purchase tickets,visit jazz.org.

The Abyssinian Mass is available to Livestream at jazz.org/live on November 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival is a multidisciplinary fall festival focusing on music's capacity to illuminate the many dimensions of our interior lives. Initiated in 2010, the Festival explores music's spiritual power as revealed in different cultural traditions.

Ticket Information

Rose Theater ticket prices are$40 and up, dependent upon seating section.

All single tickets can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Note: Hot Seats—$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room—are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance.Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9800 for available Hot Seats performance dates. 

Many of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concerts stream live in high-definition audioand video for free to a global audience. The concerts will also be available on Livestream’s mobile and TV-connected applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos, and other materials available to fans worldwide at jazz.org/live.  

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Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Brooks Brothers, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Edison, Entergy, SiriusXM, and Steinway & Sons.

Jazz at Lincoln Center thanks David and Thelma Steward for their generous support on the Abyssinian Mass album and tour.

 Generous support for the 2019-2020 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season is made possible in part by the Arnhold Family, Diana and Joe DiMenna, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ambrose Monell Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The White Light Festival presentation of The Abyssinian Mass is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

 The White Light Festival 2019 is made possible by The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc.,Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Culture Ireland, The Joelson Foundation,Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, J.C.C.Fund, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 Endowment support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

 Public support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature



Press Inquiries:
Madelyn Gardner
Manager, Public Relations & External Communications
Jazz at Lincoln Center