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ABYSSINIAN: a gospel celebration featuring the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chorale Le Chateau conducted by Damien Sneed

Monday, October 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. in Parmer Hall, Calvin and Janet High Center

Tickets for all seats are $60 (limit 10 tickets per transaction); to purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit the Messiah College Ticket Office.

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.

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Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College Cultural Series, the Office of Development and the Office of the President



Tim Warfield Sextet

Saturday March 8, 2014 - 8 p.m., Parmer Hall

General admission tickets $25; Messiah College students $5. To purchase, please contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at (717) 691-6036 or visit messiah.edu/tickets after Oct 1, 2013.


Artist-in-residence and jazz saxophonist Tim Warfield, Jr. will be joined by some of the finest musicians in jazz, including trumpeter Terrell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and bassist Rodney Whitaker. Warfield, a native of York, Pa., has recorded several critically acclaimed albums, earning the praise that he is “possibly the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation.” In March, 2013, he released his latest album, “Eye of the Beholder,” on the Criss Cross Jazz label.

Sponsor: Sponsored by the Messiah College School of the Arts and the Messiah College Cultural Series
Tim Warfield Sextet

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