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Mozart's Attic Thursday Aug. 23rd at 10:00 pm

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis shields the light from her eyes as she looks up at the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  With her is conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein, who wrote "Mass" for the opening of the cultural center. (AP)
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis shields the light from her eyes as she looks up at the stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. With her is conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein, who wrote "Mass" for the opening of the cultural center. (AP)

Leonard Bernstein’s Mass was a spectacular work commissioned for the gala opening of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in  Washington DC in 1971.

Like so much else during that time of upheaval in America, it was not without controversy – indeed it was intended to be provocative. Nowadays we wonder what all the fuss was about.

We conclude our celebration of Leonard Bernstein's Centennial this Thursday with what may yet prove to be his iconic work.

Originally from central Massachusetts, Jay has called the Space Coast home for more than 30 years. He began his association with WFIT in the late '90s as a dumpster diver for office furniture in response to a broadcast plea for a new chair from a frustrated disc jockey. (WFIT has come a long way since.)