The Program

Conductor Louis Langrée, the Festival Orchestra, baritone Nmon Ford, and a huge cast of singers, musicians, and dancers celebrate Leonard Bernstein with a fully staged production of his bold 1971 MASS. Born of the Vietnam War era, MASS is an endlessly inventive dramatic happening and case study in eclecticism, with rock, gospel, and Broadway songwriter Stephen Schwartz’s “Simple Song” woven together with tone rows, marches, and chorales. At its heart, MASS portrays a deeply personal crisis of faith, embodied by the central figure of the Celebrant (Ford). In this New York production premiere directed by SF Opera Lab curator Elkhanah Pulitzer, Bernstein’s spirited artifact of the Age of Aquarius enters a new millennium.

“A grandiose performance of almost unbelievable splendor.”
– Los Angeles Times
“An extravagant, exuberant and endlessly inventive creation.”
– New York Times



10 Lincoln Center Plaza


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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Bernstein MASS

A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers

(New York production premiere)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm David Geffen Hall

Pre-concert lecture on Tuesday, July 17 by Michael Beckerman at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

Pre-concert talk on Wednesday, July 18 with Stephen Schwartz and Elkhanah Pulitzer, moderated by John Schaefer, at 6:15 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


Please note that Orchestra seating for this event begins in Row Q due to an extended stage.
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Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

Louis Langrée, conductor

Nmon Ford, Celebrant (Mostly Mozart Festival debut)

Elkhanah Pulitzer, director (New York debut)

Concert Chorale of New York

James Bagwell, choral director

Young People’s Chorus of New York City

Elizabeth Núñez, associate artistic director

Laurel Jenkins, choreographer

Seth Reiser, scenic and lighting designer

Christine Crook, costume designer

Mark Grey, sound designer

Adam Larsen, projection designer



Performance length: One hour and 50 minutes, no intermission

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