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Reflecting and honoring Bernstein’s role as an extraordinary educator, The Bernstein Mass Project is a key educational component of the Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds festival, bringing together hundreds of New York City students to explore Bernstein’s 1971 work and its themes of faith, doubt, tolerance, and renewal of tradition.


Conductor Marin Alsop discusses Bernstein’s issues of faith, conflict, and resolution in Mass.

© 2008 The Carnegie Hall Corporation.

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NYC high school students write the texts for original songs based on Bernstein’s <em>Mass</em>.

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400 New York City public high school students participate in final rehearsals with Marin Alsop and Leslie Stifelman as they prepare for their performance of Bernstein's <em>Mass</em> at the United Palace Theater on October 25, 2008.

The Mass Project - Final Rehearsals and Performance

Conductor Marin Alsop describes the impact Bernstein’s Mass had had on her, and how its themes remain relevant today.

Marin Alsop - Impact of Mass

Since the spring of 2008, New York City public school students have been engaged in a variety of educational initiatives created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, exploring Bernstein’s Mass and its themes of faith, doubt, tolerance, and renewal of tradition. For the project’s grand finale in the fall, participating students will come together for two programs: the first on October 19, when original student compositions inspired by Bernstein’s Mass will be performed in Zankel Hall, and the second on October 25, when a choir of hundreds of young people will perform the Mass with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the United Palace Theater in Upper Manhattan.

Scheduled Events

The Bernstein Mass Project: A Choral Exploration »
Sun, Oct 19 at 3 PM
Zankel Hall
Original choral anthems inspired by Bernstein’s Mass, composed and sung by New York City middle and high school students. The performance will also include specially chosen repertoire, including excerpts from the Bernstein Mass.
The Bernstein Mass Project »
Sat, Oct 25 at 3 PM
United Palace Theater
Hundreds of New York City students join Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Bernstein’s Mass at The United Palace Theater.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra »
Fri, Oct 24 at 8 PM
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

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