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School Prepares Bernstein MASS

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School Prepares Bernstein MASS

"The lights went down. At first quietly, and then with increasing volume, came solo voices singing from four different speakers--'Kyrie eleison, Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Christe eleison'--all singing at once--the confusion of sounds mounting to a pitch and then suddenly only the sounds of a full, rich, simple voice--not taped, but alive and with only a guitar..."

"Sing God a simple song, Lauda, laude
Make it up as you go along, Lauda, laude
Sing like you like to sing, for God loves all simple things
And God is the simplest of all."

Thus began the sermon of Reverend Richard T. C. Peard, of St. Alban's Parish, Washington, D.C., on the Sunday after MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Dancers, and Players was premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971. Reverend Peard went on to preach, "...[this was] the Roman Catholic Mass interpreted by a Jew with such sensitivity and awareness of the social situation of our world today and with such deep insight into the anxieties of the clergy...a Mass that was so incredibly honest that it hurt."

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Leonard Bernstein Directing MASS
Leonard Bernstein Directing MASS