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Glasgow student to perform American composer Bernstein’s masterpiece in the city center


Over three hundred and fifty musicians and singers will perform today on the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall stage, to present one of Leonard Bernstein’s rarely performed works.

As part of the Bernstein100 celebrations, to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.

One of the performers, Tom Marland, 11, a student at Hyndland Elementary School, a member of the RSNO Junior Chorus since 2014, will take on one of the key roles as a soloist.

Tom and the massaged ensemble will be accompanied by American star baritone Jubilant Sykes, who will play the lead role of The Celebrant. Kristjan Järvi, who has worked many times with the RSNO and whose father Neeme Järvi was once the Orchestra’s musical director, conducts the concert.

Originally commissioned by the wife of former US President John F Kennedy, Jackie Onassis, for the opening of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the ambitious work, featuring a great orchestra, several choirs, vocal soloists and a street group, features music by Leonard Bernstein, as well as lyrics by Bernstein, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and Paul Simon, and examines themes of tolerance, l inclusion, diversity, faith and leadership.

Bill Chandler, Director of Artistic Planning and Engagement, RSNO: “Leonard Bernstein was the quintessential mathematician. An extraordinary conductor, wonderfully expressive composer, enthusiastic teacher, diligent and voracious student. He epitomizes what many arts organizations strive to be these days, but he was so far ahead of his time. It is a pleasure to be able to perform his music and present a glimpse into this truly remarkable life. There is no doubt that we will still be celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s legacy a hundred years from now.

Bernstein’s MASS appears at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 5 May at 7:30 p.m.


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