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  • Slatkin and McTee to Support Emerging Artists Fund at the DSO

    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    The DSO announced that Music Director Leonard Slatkin and his wife, composer Cindy McTee, have committed $100,000 to the DSO’s endowment to showcase an emerging artist each season. Slatkin is in his 10th and final season as DSO Music Director before transitioning to the role of Music Director Laureate.

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  • Grammy Nomination for Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

    November 28, 2017

    Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have been nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Orchestral Performance category for the recording of Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches.

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DECEMBER 2017

What a month! November may be the time to give thanks but, at least this year, it was also the time to visit some old friends.

It all started in Washington with the NSO. I had not been back to my old orchestra for several years. There are many fresh faces but still a majority of musicians whom I hired over my twelve-year tenure. Most everyone seems to be doing very well, and I actually remembered most of their names. A few members have passed away, and some others have retired, but by the time the first rehearsal ended, we all seemed to be comfortable with each other.

The program began a two-year survey of the life and times of Leonard Bernstein. He would have been 100 years old this coming August, and the world is celebrating. The nation’s capital was involved in an important part of the Bernstein legacy, including his conducting at the inauguration of President Kennedy. My parents were invited to participate at the invitation of one of the performers, Frank Sinatra. In my work space at home, I have photos of my folks with the Maestro taken during the festivities.

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