• Pianist Michel Camilo Joins Slatkin and the DSO for Symphonic Jazz Concerts

    April 19, 2017

    Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcome pianist and composer Michel Camilo for a concert program that includes Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1 and Camilo’s own Triple Concerto, featuring a jazz trio comprising Camilo, bassist Ricky Rodriguez, and drummer Cliff Almond.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Seven: The Other Beats

    April 15, 2017

    In the April installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Maestro Slatkin delves into the technical aspects of the beat, expounding on how to deal with time signatures involving five, six, or seven beats per bar.

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Mahlerian Madness

I have a confession. Pretty much throughout my years as a student at the Juilliard School, I hated Gustav Mahler. The symphonies were too long, too loud, derivative and, at least to me, boring. One morning a friend spotted me in the cafeteria and said he had an extra ticket to a concert that night by the Philadelphia Orchestra. I asked what they were playing and he said, “The New York premiere of the Tenth Mahler.”

“Why would I want to hear a work by a composer I don’t like, much less one that he did not finish?”

“Because it is the Philadelphia Orchestra,” my friend replied.

That was good enough for me. And that night, I was not only captivated by the incredible playing but also moved by the piece. Thus started my relationship with the Austrian master.