Feb. 21, 2003



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WHAT:             Leonard Bernstein's MASS, in concert


WHEN:             Saturday, April 5, 2003 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 6, 2003 - 7:30 p.m.


WHERE:           The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
                        The Catholic University of America
                        620 Michigan Avenue N.E.
                        Washington, DC


DETAILS:         Catholic University celebrates the dedication of its new Pryzbyla university center with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS, in concert. Murry Sidlin, who was named dean of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in August of 2002, will conduct.


Leonard Bernstein's original 1971 theater piece was commissioned by the Kennedy family to inaugurate the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The production, which was controversial at the time, explores the spiritual and political crises of the late 1960s and reflects Bernstein's conflicts about his own Jewish faith. The score is a profusion of musical styles that include hymns, the blues, marches, Broadway-style tunes and scat. Sidlin has conducted the MASS eight times in the United States and abroad. Singer Douglas Webster will take on the lead role of The Celebrant. Webster debuted in the role at Leonard Bernstein’s 70th birthday gala at the Tanglewood Festival, in Lenox, Mass., and since that time has become known as the foremost interpreter of the role. CUA’s production will mark the fourth time Webster has joined Sidlin for performances of MASS.


Two of the original production’s musicians and choral members will perform, along with the CUA Symphony Orchestra and Choral Ensembles. CUA faculty also will offer a week-long symposia on MASS and the cultural and societal influences surrounding its composition, at 7:30 p.m., March 31 through April 4.

TICKETS:         Performance tickets: $50, 40, 30; Student tickets $20. For tickets or more information contact 202-319-5416.


SPONSOR:       CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music




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Revised: 2/21/2003

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