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What You Need to Know: Bernstein's MASS

Part of Join the cast of Bernstein's MASS

Bernstein’s MASS (officially ‘A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers’) is anything but a typical ‘mass’ we 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.

In this study day hosted by Kate Molleson, we explore the historical and musical traditions from which MASS emerged, take an in-depth look at the music, staging, and text to reveal hidden meanings and references, discover how the Southbank Centre production has come together, and prepare everyone to get the most out of their Bernstein’s MASS concert experience. Special guests include project conductor and Southbank Centre Associate Artist, Marin Alsop, and members of the creative team from the Bernstein's MASS production.

This study day complements the performance of Bernstein’s MASS on 6 and 7 April 2018 in Royal Festival Hall.

Dates & times

7 Apr 2018
Approximate run time: 240 mins
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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall


Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)


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