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The Andrews Brothers

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Zurich Classic

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30 Americans

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The SAENGER THEATRE welcomes Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Local Marketing & Press Contact: 
Kym Atkins   • 504.525.1052   • katkins@acetheatregroup.com

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 at 7 PM
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

New Orleans, August 28, 2013 - The Saenger Theatre is proud to present New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Sunday, October 13. Marsalis will lead the orchestra in the Abyssinian Mass.

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 U.S. 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.

Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including composi­tions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. Over the last few years, the orchestra has also performed col­laborations with leading symphony orchestras and has been featured in education and performance residencies throughout the world.

Abyssinian Mass
The Abyssinian Baptist Church is one of the great cultural landmarks of New York. Founded in the early 19th century by free Ethiopian seafarers and African-American parishioners, this house of worship played a key role in the development of religious music during the Harlem Renaissance, and still remains at the forefront of the gospel tradition in the area.

The Abyssinian Mass was a celebration of the bi-centenary of the Abyssinian Church. The sound of black Baptist services - the timeless ‘Negro Spirituals' given such dignity by Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland - is the wellspring of African-American music that has flowed into a myriad of other genres, from blues and R&B to soul and jazz. In fact, improvising musicians such as Max Roach, Billy Harper, James Williams and Duke Ellington, who famously recorded with Jackson, have all drawn on the vocabulary of gospel music to thrilling effect, and Abyssinian Mass affords Marsalis the opportunity to add to this lineage.

The trumpeter has often highlighted the vocal character of the horns in his arrangements for the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra and the presence of a choir, with its rousing, deeply affecting timbres, should produce moments of fathomless emotional depth. While the skipping rhythms of New Orleans music remain a core part of Marsalis' aesthetic he has, throughout his long career, created an engaging blend of bebop, modal jazz, big band swing and lush balladry.

All of these forms of musical vocabulary can be enriched by the massed ranks of bass, contralto, tenor and soprano voices, and it will be fascinating to hear how the two elements, with their great technical skill and soulfulness, come together as one.

Tickets for Winton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are on sale now. They are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.  The box office at the Saenger Theatre is still under construction, but tickets for all Saenger Theatre shows may be purchased at the Mahalia Jackson Theater box office at 1419 Basin Street Mon-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Ticket prices: $35.75, $45.75, $55.75, $65.75, $85.75. All tickets subject to applicable service charges and fees.

 

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