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From the Archives: Remembering MASS - Marin Alsop

Posted January 22, 2021

Remembering MASS
as printed in the Fall/Winter 2011-12 issue of Prelude, Fugue, & Riffs

Leonard Bernstein and Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop
“Political volatility, an unpopular war seemingly without end, and our ongoing struggle as individuals to find faith and spirituality in contemporary society—these comprised the backdrop upon which Bernstein portrayed his version of a modern day crisis of faith. 40 years after its world premiere for the opening of The Kennedy Center in 1971, MASS seems an even more vital and relevant work. And while the music and the text may have less shock value to our contemporary ears, the message of MASS has only grown in significance.”

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