Mass Appeal

Noah Rachels '00 as the CelebrantLeonard Bernstein wrote his Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers in 1971 to open the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Its premiere involved 200 performers, including the Berkshire Boy Choir and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Moravian will feature a reduction for chamber orchestra with an expanded percussion battery, to accompany the Moravian College Choir, Women’s Chorus (in place of the boys), dancers, and soloists, who include Noah Rachels ’00 as the Celebrant and Matthew Bailey ’06 as the Preacher.

Matthew Bailey '06 as the PreacherThe Mass reflects Bernstein’s strong social concerns. Written at the height of the Vietnam War, it features a chorus of street people who reshape the Mass to protest violence, greed, and oppression. A folksinger in jeans steps forward to become the Celebrant, realizes that he cannot solve the world’s problems by administering bread and wine, and eventually goes mad, killing himself to become the sacrificial Eucharist.

Paula Ring Zerkle conducts the production, which is performed at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17, and 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in Foy Hall. Tickets are $12, $6 students/seniors. Ext. 1650.

April 13, 2004

Batty Over Softball:
Coach John Byrne '82 wins his 300th game and Moravian's softball team is named first in the nation.

Welcome Aboard!:
First group of new faculty for 2004-05 announced.

To Health!:
Moravian gets $10,000 grant to co-sponsor Black Women's Health Initiative.

Datebook:
Campus calendar.

Mass Appeal:
Bernstein "Mass" is big event of spring concert season.
Gaudeamus:
Faculty/staff/student achievements.