Leonard Bernstein's Vietnam War-era symphony comes to Disney Hall

LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Jamie Pham.

“Mass: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers” was composed by Leonard Bernstein for the opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington in 1971. The LA Phil will start performing it at Disney Hall tonight. “Mass” is a product of its era: the Vietnam War, protests against the Nixon administration, and hippies.

Elkhanah Pulitzer is director of  Leonard Bernstein’s
"Mass" at Disney Hall. Credit: Kristen Loken.