Louisville Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein’s Mass
The Louisville Orchestra opens its 2015/16 Brown-Forman Classics Series with two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s most ambitious work, Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers on Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at the Kentucky Center. This will be the first time this epic work has been performed by the Louisville Orchestra.
Single tickets range from $26-$75 and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or by visiting LouisvilleOrchestra.org.
Mass was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and made its world premiere at the opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 1971. Inspired by the Roman Catholic Liturgy, Mass provides a reflecting and moving experience that recognizes the importance of faith in a hectic world. Bernstein’s touching masterpiece includes both traditional Latin and Hebrew passages as well as English texts by Bernstein and Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz. The large cast includes singers, actors, dancers, three choirs, along with marching and rock bands who, with the orchestra, will blend liturgical, rock, blues, Broadway, and classical music to create one cohesive, profound performance.
“Louisville is going to be in the very select, unique group of orchestras to present Leonard Bernstein’s largest scale orchestral concert, Mass. It is a piece that is not performed regularly because it is that immense, adventurous, and ambitious,” Teddy Abrams, Music Director, says. “Mass is really an emotional outpour of Bernstein dealing with a loss of a friend, John F. Kennedy, a loss of innocence, a changing viewpoint, and relationship with this country. And he tries to synthesize all of that deep-rooted emotion, all of the abundance of that experience into a piece of music.”
Louisville Orchestra Executive Director Andrew Kipe states, “Our institutional memory cannot recall the Orchestra producing something on this scale. If you thought Carmina Burana was big, this work is monumental and will be a fully produced theatrical performance with costumes, staging, and choreography – the whole works. There are going to be so many people on the stage that half the musicians will be performing in the pit.”
For more information call 502.587.8681 or visit LouisvilleOrchestra.org.