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Top Ten Reasons you CAN’T miss the Kaddish Symphony!

Posted Jan 15, 2018

A Personal Message from George Hanson

TOP TEN REASONS WHY YOU CAN’T MISS TSO’S KADDISH SYMPHONY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN! January 19 and 21.

10. You just can’t miss this historic first-ever performance by TSO of the profound, probing, questioning and ultimately satisfying work by America’s most influential musician.

9. TSO’s Kaddish Symphony is the first large ensemble event of the Sixth Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, celebrating Bernstein’s 100th birthday with a remarkable collaboration involving 30 events and 15 ensembles over 20 days in Tucson—January 16-February 4, 2018.

8. The composer’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, will narrate! TDSF’s Artist in Residence presents her own reconstructed version of the narration that contrasts and balances the text of the Kaddish prayer sung by soprano and chorus.

7. I will join TSO Music Director Jose Luis Gomez onstage for the pre-concert talks, along with Jamie Bernstein, for lively and informative insight– one hour before performance time.

6. The TSO Chorus will sing the intricate choral writing— under Bruce Chamberlain’s direction, our chorus is among the few choral groups up to the task.

5. Renowned soprano Kelley Nassief joins TSO, fresh from her recent award-winning recording of Kaddish with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony.

4. Your TSO/Kaddish ticket stub grants free admission to a unique symposium with Jamie Bernstein, Dan Asia, Matthew Mugmon, Gil Ribak and myself: Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish Heritage. Monday, Jan 22, 7pm, at the Tucson JCC (registration required for limited seating; call 299-3000).

3. Beethoven’s stirring overture to Fidelio opens the concert—a work that tells a story of struggle and redemption, a perfect pairing to the Kaddish.

2.TSO’s deep relationship with Gustav Mahler continues: Jose Luis has chosen the Adagio from Symphony No. 10 as an emotional prelude to Kaddish, the work described by New Yorker Magazine as “the work in which Bernstein came closest to his Mahlerian ideal.”
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/leonard-bernsteins-ambitious-last-symphony-kaddish

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON YOU CANT MISS THESE CONCERTS: To paraphrase Rabbi Hillel the Elder— If not you, WHO?

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