Bernstein's MASS

Sunday 7 July 2019, 4.00pm

The Anvil, Basingstoke

  • Bernstein: MASS

John Lofthouse, Celebrant

Hampshire County Youth Choir

Children's Choir from Hampshire Primary Schools

The Waynflete Singers

Zambesi Dance Company

Hampshire County Youth Orchestra

Carl Clausen, conductor

About this Event

Leonard Bernstein's extraordinary MASS was written at the end of the 1960s at the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement and in the wake of the Summer of Love. Subtitled a Theatre Piece for singers, players and dancers this extravagantly eclectic piece defies categorisation but is perhaps best understood as a summation of the themes and preoccupations of the composer at a turbulent time in American history.

Drawing on a wide range of forms and influences, including the traditional Catholic mass and the vernacular music of his own times, Bernstein created in MASS a gargantuan dramatisation of the crisis of faith in anguished times, a work as passionately relevant today as when first heard in the post-Kennedy era.