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How Often Do You Hear a Mass in Old Church Slavonic?

Leos Janecek, composer of the Glagolitic Mass, was not known to be religious, but he was an advocate for the Slavic people, language and culture.

Moravian composer Leos Janacek, who died in 1928 at the age of 74, wrote many of his most highly regarded works in the last dozen years of his life. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, his monumental Mass is striking in its structure, size, rhythms, and tone, not to mention its use of an ancient text.

Mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor

Listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert re-broadcast of the 2014 performance featuring mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey in a performance of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass on Sunday, November 22, 2015 on WRTI.

Listen to more of Susan Lewis' interview with mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, speaking about their approach to the unusual work.

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.