Peabody Hopkins Chorus; Peabody Singers; Peabody Children's Chorus; Morgan State University Choir; Marin Alsop, conductor; Leslie Stifelman, music supervisor; Samuel Mungo, director; Curtis Bannister, celebrant
Peabody joins the celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with a full staging of his dramatic, theatrical, evening-length concert work, MASS, not performed in Baltimore since 2008. Bernstein’s MASS brings together hundreds of singers, dancers, and players from across our community in a spectacular melding of genres — classical, jazz, rock, dance, and theater — with Chicago Fire star and Peabody alumnus Curtis Bannister as The Celebrant. The performance marks Maestra Alsop’s final performance of MASS in Bernstein’s centennial year, following acclaimed stagings in London and at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival.
Director Samuel Mungo has offered this reflection on the work: “Bernstein’s MASS is ultimately about belief — where to believe, whom to believe, whether to believe. So many of our institutions today are being questioned on their validity. It has never been harder to find a place to rest your faith in what to believe, what is true. In the end, I believe Bernstein would say we can look to ourselves, and each other, trusting in the better angels of our nature.”