Bernstein MASS @ David Geffen Hall, New York [18 July]

Bernstein MASS

19:30 - 21:30

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David Geffen Hall
10 Lincoln Ctr, New York, New York 10023
Bernstein: MASS: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

With English supertitles

Conductor Louis Langrée, the Festival Orchestra, bass-baritone Davóne Tines, and a huge cast of singers, musicians, and dancers celebrate Leonard Bernstein with a fully staged production of his bold 1971 MASS. Born of the Vietnam War era, MASS is an endlessly inventive dramatic happening and case study in eclecticism, with rock, gospel, and Broadway songwriter Stephen Schwartz’s “Simple Song” woven together with tone rows, marches, and chorales. At its heart, MASS portrays a deeply personal crisis of faith, embodied by the central figure of the Celebrant (Tines). In this New York production premiere directed by SF Opera Lab curator Elkhanah Pulitzer, Bernstein’s spirited artifact of the Age of Aquarius enters a new millennium.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Louis Langrée, conductor
Davóne Tines, Celebrant (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)
Elkhanah Pulitzer, director (New York debut)
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, choral director
Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Elizabeth Núñez, associate artistic director
Laurel Jenkins, choreographer
Seth Reiser, scenic and lighting designer
Christine Crook, costume designer
Mark Grey, sound designer
Adam Larsen, projection designer
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