Claire Bloom

BSO to perform Bernstein's 'Kaddish'

Leonard Bernstein, the brilliant American conductor and composer, did not just wear his heart on his sleeve. All his worries were clearly exposed as well.

This comes through in many of his compositions, where there's a palpable sense of struggle — between light and dark, conviction and doubt, tonality and dissonance.

His Symphony No. 3, the "Kaddish," composed in 1963 and dedicated to the "beloved memory" of John F. Kennedy, is a major case in point. Another is "Mass," the astounding theater piece Bernstein wrote for the opening of the