Classical best bet: Revisiting Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony

Leonard Bernstein had a lifelong struggle with faith -- faith in God, faith in humanity. He poured his beliefs as intensely as his doubts into his Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish," a 1963 work dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy. Scored for speaker, soprano, chorus and orchestra, the score incorporates the Hebrew liturgy for mourning and a monodrama written by Bernstein, his emotional conversation with God. The absorbing, challenging piece deserves to be better known. Conductor Marin Alsop will make a case for it with the help of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Chorus, soprano Kelley Nassief, and distinguished actress Claire Bloom (pictured) as the speaker. Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St; 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call 410-783-8000 or go to -- Tim Smith
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