Leonard Bernstein’s MASS
Presented by the Aaron Copland School of Music
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM and
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Tickets: $15 – $25
Leonard Bernstein’s Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers is the composer’s most ambitious work. Commissioned to create a stage production to inaugurate the opera house at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Bernstein turned to the Roman Catholic mass as a structure to investigate issues of faith and doubt, and of the political and social upheavals of the era of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
MASS is an enormous piece. It calls for a large pit orchestra, two choruses plus a boy’s choir, a Broadway-sized cast (with ballet company), marching band and a rock band. It may seem ironic that such multitudes are marshaled for a work that celebrates a man’s “Simple Song”: his love and faith in God. But in the end, that simplicity is shown to be all the more powerful because of it.