Leonard Bernstein’s Mass is a gigantic, ambitious piece of musical theatre. It’s about a celebrant officiating a religious mass, surrounded by choir singers and hippies as they all struggle with faith in the era of Vietnam and social collapse. It features an orchestra, multiple choirs, a marching band, and a wind ensemble, and has elements of avant-garde classical music, rock, blues, and Bernstein’s own unique, singable style. The LA Philharmonic decided to perform Mass as part of the centennial celebration of Bernstein’s life and music this year, and they asked Elkhanah Pulitzer back to direct it. Pulitzer joins Tim Greiving to discuss the project.
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