Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

There’s nothing traditional about Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1971 in remembrance of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, the work is unlike anything before its creation. Already known for his brilliant West Side Story with its rich syncopations and unorthodox arrangements, Bernstein gave the mass a treatment in jazz and rock – a composition on the human condition for the new world in a new time. The Canterbury Choral Society undertakes a massive effort to bring Bernstein’s mass to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall stage with elements of theater, opera, dance and concert. A reflection of struggle, celebration and awe, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass gets a one-time performance at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 13, through the combined talents of the Canterbury Choral Society and Oklahoma City University School of Music. Tickets are $20-$35, available at the music hall box office, 201 N. Walker Ave., and online at

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