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Design Note:  When perusing the photos, you see faux windows and a ton of tie-dye. Some might think "Whoa, that's groovy..." or "What the heck? In Mass?"  Let me explain.

The Faux Windows:  The title is Mass. We liked the idea of bringing a liturgical feel to the concert hall utilizing light.

The Tie-Dye:  The show was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy and performed at the Kennedy Center opening in 1971. It was written under the Nixon Administration and a time of uncertainty for our country. America was going through changes and "the hippy nation" was on the rise. Hair was on broadway in 1967 and in America there was an awakening of sorts. There was a mixture of life all coming together to protest and change America. Our production dove into this examining The Celebrant and the Boy Soprano.  The Celebrant who questions the world and his faith, and the boy soprano who comes shining in bringing a beacon of hope for the world. The Tie- Dye represents the faith, the amalgamation of questions, and the randomness that is life around us as we go through our day to day and life's journey.

This was first and foremost a concert. I'd consider this a concert version of Bernstein's Mass that was conducted by Boston Pops and Brevard Music Center artistic director - Keith Lockhart. 

The Celebrant was played Metropolitan Opera Principle John McVeigh.

The production was in conjunction with the Janiec Opera Company, directed by Artistic Director Dean Anthony, for the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival Season Finale.

Conductor: Maestro Keith Lockhart

Director: Dean Anthony

Lighting Design: Therrin J. Eber

Co-Scenic Design:  Andrea Boccanfuso, Teila Vochatzer & Therrin J. Eber

Music: Leonard Bernstein

Lyrics: Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Schwartz

Photos by Bobby Bradley

Bernstein's Mass - Brevard Music Center

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