The programme for the day includes:
- Interview with Humphrey Burton, Bernstein’s biographer, about the man behind the music
- Panel discussion with Marin Alsop, Gillian Moore, and the creative team about the 2018 MASS performance and legacy
- Live music demonstration and discussion about masses through the ages that preceded Bernstein’s MASS, led by Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Bernstein’s MASS (officially A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers) is anything but a typical ‘mass’ we might find in the Western classical music tradition, yet it draws upon the fundamental structure found in Bach, Beethoven, and beyond.
Written at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy for the inauguration of The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and mixing sacred and secular texts, rock music and 12-tone serialism, Latin text and contemporary English, MASS brings together the chaotic spirit of a generation.
It grapples with the challenging contradictions of religion in a modern age and the simple, pure faith and hope for universal peace.
This study day complements the performance of Bernstein’s MASS on 6 and 7 April 2018 in Royal Festival Hall.