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Alsop, BSO deliver a riveting program of Bernstein and Beethoven
Alsop, BSO deliver a riveting program of Bernstein and Beethoven

Leonard Bernstein spent a good deal of time confronting age-old existential questions of life, religion, identity. He was determined to discover definitive meaning and purpose. But, as the famed conductor-composer wrote in 1960, "I have two answers to everything and one answer to nothing." In much of his music, Bernstein can be heard wrestling with himself, the equivalent of Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" constantly considering "on the other hand" possibilities. Two examples can be found on a rewarding Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program conducted by Marin Alsop. Symphony No. 1, a 1940s work subtitled "Jeremiah," suggests a struggle to believe...

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