Asking for Kaddish

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Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra explores the literary work of Mount Holyoke Alum, Kristin Zethren, and her collaborator Ross Wright, in their moving work, Asking for Kaddish. gives this description of the Kaddish: “One of the most sacred rituals observed by all Jews throughout the generations is the practice of reciting the Kaddish prayer for the merit of the departed soul of one's father or mother. It is said at the funeral, during the week of mourning (shiva), for the following 11 months, and then every year on the anniversary of passing.”

The work presents a soprano as a congregant requesting permission to recite the mourner’s Kaddish.

There will be three soloists:

  • Soprano: Carley DeFranco
  • Tenor: Greg Zavracky
  • Bass: Cailin Marcel Manson

This is followed by Tchaikovsky’s probing work, Symphony No.6, which seeks and searches for identity in a maelstrom of symphonic music.


Ross Wright - Asking for Kaddish
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.6

Sunday, March 1 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Abbey Memorial Chapel, Main Chapel

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Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff


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