Leonard Bernstein in 1959, a few years before he wrote the “Kaddish” symphony. (AP Photo/File) (AP Photo/File/AP)


Bernstein’s influence is clearly dis­cern­ible in the conducting of his student Marin Alsop. (Photo by Dean Alexaner) (Courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) (Dean Alexaner/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)

Charles T. Downey reviewed the opening concert of the Folger Consort’s season, which focuses on five major European cities; this concert set its sights on London.

And an obituary appeared of Fred Begun, who was the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal timpanist for nearly 50 years.