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Bernstein's 'Mass' returns to Baltimore, as provocative as ever

Bernstein's 'Mass' returns to Baltimore, as provocative as ever

Leonard Bernstein never stopped searching for answers to age-old questions of life, love and death; never stopped seeking a way to bring disparate peoples together, to make them feel, to care, to hope.

That search animated the incisive, riveting performances Bernstein conducted of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and, especially, Mahler. The same yearning for truth and faith fueled many of Bernstein’s own compositions, nowhere more so than in an astounding and confounding creation from 1971 — “Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers.”

Last performed in Baltimore a decade ago and now being staged in celebration of the...

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