Slatkin Conducts Bernstein


Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00PM
Powell Hall

Slatkin Conducts Bernstein
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Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Charlotte Blake Alston, speaker
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
St. Louis Symphony Chorus
       Amy Kaiser, director
St. Louis Children’s Choirs
       Barbara Berner, artistic director

LOIACONO Smothered by Sky
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish"

Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin leads Bernstein’s emotional Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” dedicated to the 35th president, John F. Kennedy. Gold medalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Olga Kern, performs Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1.

  • Written for soprano, narrator, choruses and orchestra, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 surges with energy and flourishes of orchestration in this unique setting of a Jewish prayer. 
  • The Kaddish, a word meaning “sanctification,” is a Jewish hymn that is above all an expression of praise and worship. While often associated with mourning, there is no mention of death in the Kaddish.
  • Gold medalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Olga Kern performs Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a virtuosic display culminating in a thrilling finale.