Spring 2018

BERNSTEIN'S MASS

 

Bernstein MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players & Dancers

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
Marin Alsop conductor
Paulo Szot celebrant

Marin Alsop conducts the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in a performance of Bernstein’s MASS  - a dramatic, large-scale piece for singers, players and dancers - in his centenary year.

Premiered nine years after the assassination of JF Kennedy, this seminal work captures America at a moment of crisis: the end of the golden age of 1960s optimism.

The unpopular Vietnam War and the rise of the feminist and civil rights movements, which drew attention to discrimination against African Americans and women, left many Americans questioning what their country stood for.

Originally intending to write a traditional mass, Bernstein instead decided to compose a piece of musical theatre about the Catholic religious ceremony. The word ‘mass’ also suggests a crowd of people, who can be a force for change, good or bad.

 

 

Bernstein’s MASS bridged the gap between classical and popular music, and its eclectic, theatrical style influenced later generations of composers.

The cast of MASS includes a celebrant – the Catholic priest who performs the mass – a choir, a children’s choir and a congregation of street singers. The cast are accompanied on stage by a full classical orchestra, as well as a rock band and a brass band.

As the mass progresses, the congregation develops doubts about the meaning of the ceremony. Will harmony be restored?

Southbank Centre artist in residence Marin Alsop is a former pupil of Leonard Bernstein and the only conductor to have been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.

CONCERT DATES

Fri 6 Apr 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£10 - £30

Sat 7 Apr 7.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£10 - £30

 

 


 

NYO UNLEASHED

 

Programme includes: 

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Mason Bates Mothership
John Williams Star Wars

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 
Kwamé Ryan
 conductor

Experience the talents of the totally teenage National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, as it presents an exhilarating 21st century update of Bernstein’s much loved Young People’s Concert.

Today’s teenage audiences can enjoy this compelling and dramatic music, including music from one of the greatest love stories of all time, West Side Story, all in the hands of 164 of the UK’s brightest virtuosic teenagers.

CONCERT DATES

Sat 7 Apr 7.00pm

Symphony Hall, BirminghamBox Office 0121 780 3333
£10 / £5 under 25s

Sun 8 Apr 2.30pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£10 / £5 under 25s

Sun 8 Apr 7.00pm

Southbank Centre, LondonBox Office 020 3879 9555
£10 / £5 under 25s

 


 

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