• Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Eleven: What’s the Score?

    August 15, 2017

    In this month’s video installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Maestro Slatkin delves into the topic of score reading for aspiring conductors.

    Future lessons will be posted here, and will also be available on his YouTube channel, on the 15th of every month.

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  • Slatkin’s New Book, “Leading Tones,” Available for Pre-Order

    August 10, 2017

    Leonard Slatkin’s latest book, Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry, is now available for pre-order and will be released by Amadeus Press on September 12, 2017.

    Leading Tones glimpses far beyond Slatkin’s baton and casts an inquisitive eye upon many facets of the music business.

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The Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors

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Orchestre National de Lyon

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New England Conservatory Philharmonia

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What a way to end my concert calendar for the 16-17 season! A three-week Asian tour with the DSO.

This trip was a long time coming. When I began my tenure in Detroit, one of my mantras was that we would not go on the road until we had funding in place. The strike that occurred six years ago meant that we would certainly not hit the tour circuit for a while. But everyone believed that we could meet our goals, and finally, the DSO embarked on an international trip, the first in a very long time.

Preparations were swift, with four rehearsals and a sendoff concert before we departed. As has been my mission with all tours, I featured American music, something most orchestras from the States do not do. With works by McTee, Gershwin, Barber, Bernstein, Copland and Anderson, the homeland was well represented.