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‘Bernstein’s Mass’ at Hammer Theatre Center

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MASS MEDIA: The legendary composer Leonard Bernstein took the turbulent '60s as inspiration for his 'Mass.'

MASS MEDIA: The legendary composer Leonard Bernstein took the turbulent '60s as inspiration for his 'Mass.'

With the Vietnam War at its height and serious civil unrest sweeping the country, one of the 20th century’s most respected composers sought to produce a work that would both challenge and unify a deeply divided America. After his decade-spanning tenure leading the New York Philharmonic concluded in 1969, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked Leonard Bernstein to compose a work to commemorate the inauguration of the Kennedy Center in 1971. The son of Russian-Jewish parents took inspiration from the Roman Catholic Mass, pulling elements from a centuries-old tradition and fusing them with decidedly modern music and lyrics.

Bernstein’s Mass
Fri & Sun, $20
Hammer Theatre Center

 

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