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Performers dance during Ravinia Festival’s production of “Mass” by Leonard Bernstein Saturday, July 28. (Photos submitted by Patrick Gipson/Ravinia Festival)
The Highland Park High School marching band performs at Ravinia Festival Saturday, July 28.
Erin Yarnall, Editor
3:09 pm CDT August 1, 2018

For Welz Kauffman, the president and CEO of Ravinia Festival, “Mass” was a long time coming.

Kauffman had been a fan of recordings of the musical theatre work composed by Leonard Bernstein for “a long, long time,” he said.

But he knew it would be a massive undertaking.

Bernstein’s work was inspired by a Roman Catholic mass, features 275 people on stage and is more than an hour long.