Leonard Bernstein Centennial
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Kevin Newbury, director
Paulo Szot, baritone (Celebrant)
Street Chorus and Altar Children (click to see full list)
Chicago Children’s Choir
Highland Park High School Marching Band
Creative Staff (click to see full list)
Tickets: $90 / $25
Hundreds of artists on stage, from the CSO to the Highland Park High School Marching Band
From Ravinia Backstage Blog: Highland Park High School Marching Band Ready to Kick Some Mass
Performance shown on lawn video screen
The video screens flanking the Pavilion stage will not be in use for tonight's concert so that they will not interfere with the camera crew taping the concert for a national television special, which will air in 2020. The giant video screen on the lawn will broadcast the concert live in its entirety.
Jamie Bernstein, Leonard’s oldest child and author of the best-selling memoir Famous Father Girl, will be available to sign copies of her book before the concert in the information booth in front of the Martin Theatre.
By popular demand, Ravinia’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, named one of the best concerts of 2018 by the Chicago Tribune, will be given an encore performance featuring conductor Marin Alsop and Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot, who once again heads up the hundreds of artists onstage, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to the Highland Park High School Marching Band.
Announcing the Chicago-area professional premiere of the work last summer, Ravinia president and CEO Welz Kauffman called Mass “a giant, exhilarating work that was misunderstood in its day, and audiences need to hear it”—the Tribune ’s Howard Reich agreed in his review, proclaiming it “simply quintessential, stylistically unbound, anything-goes Bernstein, presented on the grandest scale possible.” Don’t let the title fool you; this exciting musical theater piece is more like Hair than church!
"Simply quintessential, stylistically unbound, anything—goes Bernstein, presented on the grandest scale possible."—Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune