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  • A Guided Listening Tour of Bernstein's Mass, with Thomas Cabaniss

    Mass was Bernstein's most ambitious theater work. Despite its adaptation of the Latin text interspersed with songs, "numbers," choreographic sequences, and symphonic interludes, Mass is ecumenical in nature and cannot be categorized. Perhaps the most accurate description of the piece is "pageant." With approximately 200 performers, including dancers, singers, a boy chorus, rock and blues singers, actors, and two orchestras, as well as a marching band—who play through the audience—Mass is a musical and theatrical experience.Take a guided listening tour of Bernstein's Mass—with audio excerpts and commentary by composer and arts educator Thomas Cabaniss.