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      May 10, 2019


      1 Washington Square
      San Jose, California 95192

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      Leonard Bernstein's MASS

      San Jose State University
      School of Music and Dance presents
      Leonard Bernstein's MASS

      During his legendary tenure at the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1969, Leonard Bernstein composed only two works,Symphony No. 3: Kaddish (1963) and Chichester Psalms (1965). He had dedicated Kaddish to the memory of John F. Kennedy shortly after his assassination, and when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked Bernstein to compose a piece for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he was eager to honor the occasion with a new, large-scale work because he knew he had always wanted "to compose a service of one sort or another." The son of Russian-Jewish parents, a social liberal, and lifelong activist, Bernstein made a surprising choice: the Roman Catholic Mass. But instead of a straightforward, purely musical setting of the Latin liturgy, he created a broadly eclectic theatrical event by placing the 400-year-old religious rite into a tense, dramatic dialog with music and lyrics of the 20th century vernacular, using this dialectic to explore the crisis in faith and cultural breakdown of the post-Kennedy era.

      Leonard Bernstein’s MASS explores what happens when a community experiences a collective crisis of faith. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy and based on the form of the Catholic mass, Bernstein’s work asks what happens when our religious and governmental systems fail. Part rock concert, part classical symphony, the School of Music and Dance’s production of MASS creates a category-defying theatrical experience of Bernstein’s work featuring hundreds of performers, musicians, community members, and the cutting-edge technology of the Hammer Theater.

      A Theatre piece for Singers, Players and Dancers by Leonard Bernstein
      Liturgy of the Roman Mass (in Latin); Additional texts by
      Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein (in English)
      Directed by Prof. Sandra Bengochea
      Musical Director Dr. Fred Cohen
      Choral Director Kristina Nakagawa
      Marketing: Jesse Guzman, CSMO

      A collaboration with the
      SJSU School of Music & Dance

      May 10, 2019 7:30PM
      May 12, 2019 2:00PM
      at the Hammer Theatre Center

      Categories: University & Alumni

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