In what is certainly one of its biggest gets this concert season, UGA’s Performing Arts Center welcomes jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to campus Thursday. Along with the storied Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, for which Marsalis acts as artistic director, the New Orleans-born trumpeter will team up with the 70-piece gospel choir Chorale Le Chateau to perform his 2008 piece Abyssinian 200: A Celebration. The bold, broad work was penned as a tribute to Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in honor of its 200th anniversary, and the music therein is appropriately grand, embracing, at various points, stirring spiritualism and driving bop. The Athens show is one of only 19 dates on Marsalis’ current tour, so don’t miss your chance to catch this truly one-of-a-kind performance.
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