The African American experience takes center stage in The Abyssinian Mass, a swinging celebration of big-band sound and gospel soul from Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer, bandleader, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Created to mark the bicentennial of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2013, the Mass moves audiences of every tradition to clap their hands in this joyous, soulful affirmation of just how high the human spirit can rise.


The Program

Wynton Marsalis: The Abyssinian Mass

“[The Abyssinian Mass] offers hope for the human condition despite evidence to the contrary.”
– Chicago Tribune
“A sound infectious enough to make the most agnostic listeners temporarily wish they were believers.”
– Guardian

Make a Night of it!


White Light Lounge

Ertegun Atrium

FREE for Ticket Holders

Friday, November 22

Join us for a White Light Lounge following the performance: come mingle with the artists and your fellow concertgoers while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling water.



10 Columbus Cir


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  • Assistive listening devices
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For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

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The Abyssinian Mass
by Wynton Marsalis

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, sermon
Chorale Le Chateau
Damien L. Sneed, conductor
The White Light presentation of The Abyssinian Mass is made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Performance Details

  • Two hours and 25 minutes, including intermission