MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers (1971)
When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked Bernstein to compose a piece for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he was eager to honor the occasion with a new, large-scale work because he knew he had always wanted "to compose a service of one sort or another."
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Thus Spake Leonard Bernstein:
"The best way to know a thing is in the context of another discipline."
-Leonard Bernstein, "The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard," 1973