“THIS WILL BE OUR REPLY TO VIOLENCE: TO MAKE MUSIC MORE INTENSELY, MORE BEAUTIFULLY, MORE DEVOTEDLY THAN EVER BEFORE. ”
Paul Grabowsky, Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival 2012 has not programmed an opera for the 2012 Festival, but no matter, as he has scheduled Leonard Bernstein massive and unique work MASS for its Australian premiere.
There’s big – and then there’s Bernstein. From WEST SIDE STORY to CANDIDE, celebrated classical composer Leonard Bernstein knew how to make a big song and dance.
Bernstein regarded MASS, a kaleidoscopic mix of music, dance and theatre featuring a symphony orchestra, a rock band, a choir and opera singers, as his defining achievement. Commissioned for the opening of the Kennedy Center in 1971, Mass features a small village of performers and a supremely charismatic lead in the Celebrant, performed by the great US singer Jubilant Sykes (pictured above).
The spectacle of MASS is underpinned by a profound statement of human faith that is explosive, cathartic and ultimately uplifting.
CONDUCTOR: KRISTJAN JÄRVI
DIRECTOR: ANDY PACKER
CHORUS DIRECTOR: CARL CROSSIN
SCENIC DESIGNER: GEOFF COBHAM
LIGHTING DESIGNER: MARK PENNINGTON
FEATURING: JUBILANT SYKES — ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA — ABSOLUTE TRIO — ADELAIDE FESTIVAL CHORUS AND CHILDREN’S CHOIR
PRESENTED BY ADELAIDE FESTIVAL AND STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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