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A big deal: Austin will see full staging of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Mass’

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Leonard Bernstein was a composer, conductor and educator who turned millions onto classical and Broadway music from the 1940s through the 1970s. He was also something of a matinee idol. This was taken in 1955. Contributed by Al Ravenna/Library of Congress

For just two performances on June 29 and 30, more than 300 singers, dancers and instrumentalists from a cadre of Austin arts groups will join forces at the Long Center for the Performing Arts with a rock band, a jazz combo and an African children’s choir to revive “Mass” in honor of the centennial of the late composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

Not only will this be among the rare full stagings of the 1971 show with sets, costumes and lighting, it is the only such one in the world timed to the “Bernstein at 100” celebrations, a global roster that includes 22 events in four countries over the course of two years.

Read about how it all came together — and how to get tickets — in a story on our premium website.