Video Promo: Austin Symphony's Peter Bay Organizes Bernstein's MASS for June 29 and 30, 2018

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With more than 250 singers and dancers sharing the stage, Bernstein100Austin will be the premiere event of 2018.  MASS will feature The Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin, Grammy Award-winners Christopher Cross and Conspirare, Chorus Austin & Panaromic Voices, The Butler School of Music, a specially formed youth choir and many other Texas artists.  It will be a unique gathering of Austin's cherished arts groups collaborating on Bernstein's greatest work about hope and finding faith.   See the full list of collaborating artists and community groups.


MASS (formally, "MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers") is a musical theatre work composed by Leonard Bernstein with text by Bernstein and additional text and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy, it premiered on September 8, 1971, conducted by Maurice Peress. The performance was part of the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  Mass premiered in Europe in 1973, with John Mauceri conducting the Yale Symphony Orchestra in Vienna.Ma

Originally, Bernstein had intended to compose a traditional Mass, but instead decided on a more innovative form.The work is based on the Tridentine Massof the Roman Catholic Church. Although the liturgical passages are sung in Latin, Mass also includes additional texts in English written by Bernstein, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, and Paul Simon (who wrote the first quatrain of the trope "Half of the People"). The work is intended to be staged theatrically, but it has also been performed in a standard concert setting.

by Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein Mass in Austin

June 29 - June 30, 2018
Long Center
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX, 78704

Tickets are on sale now for the June 29-30, 2018 performances of “MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers” at