Yannick Nézet-Séguin calls it “the pinnacle” of the Orchestra’s requiem series. Having stirred audiences with the requiems of Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, and Fauré, the Orchestra presents Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, sure to be the theatrical highlight of our season and featuring collaborations with community performers. The legendary composer and conductor conceived this sacred work as a Mass for John F. Kennedy, in conjunction with the dedication of the Kennedy Center in 1971. While he employed many of the elements of a traditional Mass, Bernstein also drew upon his Broadway experience, as well as other religious and popular genres. He deployed a battalion of musical forces to realize his vision, including two orchestras, a rock band, a marching band, a cast of Broadway vocalists, and multiple choirs. Yannick says this presentation builds on the Orchestra’s experience with the St. Matthew Passion, adding theatrical elements to help bring Bernstein’s vision alive, and fill Verizon Hall with a spiritual, ecumenical experience.
Temple University Concert Choir with The Philadelphia Orchestra will feature:
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor
Shuler Hensley, vocalist
Westminster Symphonic Choir, Jim Moore, Director of Performance Management
The American Boychoir, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Music Director
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