Wynton Marsalis is known as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation, a big band leader in the tradition of Duke Ellington, a brilliant composer, and a tireless educator. As Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, he heads one of America’s most vibrant musical organizations. Marsalis composed the Abyssinian Mass in 2008 in honor of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s landmark Abyssinian Baptist Church. Utilizing the full Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as well as a sixty voice mass choir, the music draws on a broad spectrum of American music, including New Orleans dirges and struts, hard-bop, the Duke Ellington big-band legacy, gospel, and sumptuously harmonized ballads.
Pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Make It an Evening: Enjoy dessert and a pre-concert tour at the Georgia Museum of Art beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Performance Underwriter - An anonymous donor in honor of the Auxiliary of Athens Regional Medical Center