Carolina Performing arts pays tribute to gospel, fun, more

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 02:55 PM

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has always been a popular event in the Carolina Performing Arts season. In years past, the orchestra has sold out well before the date.
This fall, conductor Damien Sneed and his choir, Chorale le Chateau, will join Marsalis and company when they present “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration,” a performance of Marsalis’ composition paying homage to the African-American church. The Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem commissioned the composition to celebrate its bicentennial.
Jazz at Lincoln Center will perform this work Oct. 3 and 4 in Memorial Hall at UNC.
The fall part of the 2013-2014 season begins with a celebration of funk, when Maceo Parker, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic perform Sept. 27.
Other musical offerings will be pianist Andras Schiff, who will perform Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” Oct. 23, and “World Blues,” a collaboration by Taj Mahal, South African guitarist Vusi Mahlasela and New Zealand rock band Frederics Brown (featuring Mahal’s daughter Deva Mahal). This celebration of the influence of the blues globally will take place Nov. 12.
In multimedia offerings, Indian director Roysten Abel will perform “The Manganiyar Seduction,” a piece that incorporates the music of the Manganiyars with displays of light. This performance will be Nov. 4.
Below are other concerts in the fall season. For tickets, call 919-843-3333 or visit

Oct. 27. An acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Oct. 29. Chris Thile
Nov. 15. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Dec. 9. “Jaz for the Holidays,” N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra, featuring guest vocalist René Marie.