Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Five: Putting the Two Hands TogetherRead more
February 15, 2017
Leonard Slatkin has released the fifth installment in his Conducting School. This month’s video combines techniques demonstrated in previous lessons to show how the conductor uses both hands to communicate tempo and dynamics to the orchestra simultaneously.
Leonard Slatkin Brings the Orchestre National de Lyon to AmericaRead more
February 8, 2017
Beginning February 18, the Orchestre National de Lyon, “probably the most refined ensemble of the world” (The Guardian), tours the United States for the first time since 2003, playing concerts with music director Leonard Slatkin on a six-city tour.
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Is there a point in music when the phrase “too much of a good thing” applies? Certainly not when it comes to Mozart. The great Austrian was the focus of our Winter Music Festival, previously inhabited by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. But there was also a week when the DSO played out in the neighborhoods, and that is where we start this month’s entry.
For the past six seasons, a great deal of time has been spent performing in outlying communities, away from the grandeur of Orchestra Hall. There remain members of the public who either are unable to travel from the suburbs or still harbor apprehension about coming downtown. Over the course of our series, many of these people have been so taken by the orchestra that they have indeed started to visit The Max again.