Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Helzberg Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 8:00 PM
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Since 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. Marsalis has never blended 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.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the United States and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.
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 20 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.
Ken and Roswitha Schaffer sponsor this performance.
Presenter: Harriman-Jewell Series
Marsalis: Abyssinian Mass
Ensembles: Chorale Le Chateau; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Conductor: Wynton Marsalis