Bernstein's Mass

Bernstein's Mass

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, Music Director
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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers
Text from the liturgy of the Roman Mass
Additional texts by Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein

Jubilant Sykes, celebrant
Asher Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir
     Dr. Eric Conway, director
Peabody Children's Chorus
     Doreen Falby, director
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
     Marin Alsop, music director and conductor

When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural work for the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washing, D.C., he wrote: "The Mass is also an extremely dramatic event in itself—it even suggests a theater work." Premiered on September 8, 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwarz of Godspell fame, Mass is a remarkable, visionary work with a kaleidoscope of musical styles that touches on themes of political protest, existential crisis and religious faith lost and found.

Total Running Time: 1:44:01

Amount: $17.99