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St. Louis Symphony – Slatkin Conducts Bernstein

April 27, 8:00 pm
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| Powell Symphony Hall

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
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,” written at the time of JFK’s assassination and later dedicated to the thirty-fifth president.


  • 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 hymn of praise in Jewish prayer services.
  • 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.

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