Press Release

May 01, 2020

Memorial For Us All Community Remembrance Initiative Launches Sunday

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Memorial For Us All

Community Remembrance Initiative Launches Sunday


Interfaith Leaders Enlist Artists and Lincoln Center to

Honor Those Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic


New Remembrances Stream Each Sunday, Beginning May 3

With a Tribute From Wynton Marsalis



NEW YORK (May 1, 2020) — To honor and celebrate those lost to COVID-19, interfaith leaders have enlisted musicians and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to create a weekly community remembrance, Memorial For Us All. In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, while many rituals we hold dear are no longer possible, Memorial For Us All offers unity, comfort, and healing through music, an art form intertwined with so many of our most beloved rituals around the world.


These weekly memorials begin Sunday, May 3 at 6:00 pm ET on social media and will be available online any time at the Lincoln Center website, here. Wynton Marsalis will inaugurate the series, with additional artists to be announced in the coming days.


Memorial For Us All is a secular community remembrance, welcoming all to celebrate the lives of those who have left us too soon. Community members are invited to submit the names of a neighbor, friend, or loved one to honor HERE.


"I'm proud to inaugurate the Memorial For Us All series. These performances are intended to reach across generations, nations, class, race, and religions to unite us with the healing power of music. It is needed now, more than ever," said Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center. "On Sunday, we’ll perform the New Orleans Function, two traditional songs that exemplify the mood and progression of a funeral/parade as is our way down in the Big Easy. The slow mournful dirge "Flee as A Bird" is played, some well chosen words are spoken (in this case a roll call of the deceased), and the joyous, celebratory, irreverent "Didn’t He Ramble" allows us to transition from death to everlasting life. I am honored to play with great musicians in the New Orleans tradition: Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Don Vappie, Maurice Trosclair, Chris Crenshaw, Marcus Printup, Jon-Erik Kellso, Camille Thurman, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Dr. Michael White and Gregory Agid. In the sweet by and by."


Memorial For Us All

All tributes will be available on Lincoln Center’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on-demand at Lincoln Center’s website, here.


Tributes begin this Sunday, May 3 at 6:00 pm ET with Wynton Marsalis and will continue each Sunday. New artists to be announced in the coming days.


Organizational Partners:

The Interfaith Center of New York

New York Disaster Interfaith Services

Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn

The Center for Faith and Community Partnerships, NYC Office of the Mayor

The New York Board of Rabbis

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Download artwork and images HERE.





Lincoln Center at Home is made possible by The Audrey and Martin Gruss Discovery Fund. Additional support is provided by PGIM, the Global Investment Management Business of Prudential Financial, Inc., Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser,
Comcast NBCUniversal and Lincoln Center’s generous donors and supporters.


Lincoln Center’s artistic excellence is made possible by the dedication and generosity of our board members.


Public support for Lincoln Center is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Kathleen Hughes, Acting Commissioner,

and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature


NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center




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