OCTOBER 2016Read more
With just a little over one month to go before we elect a new President of the United States, there is much to think about. With confrontations between citizens and the police, continued terrorist activity throughout the world, and an insecure economy, one could at least find comfort in the arts, and for a few hours each day, I was able to do just that.
The early part of September was mostly spent getting reacquainted with our house in suburban Detroit. It had been twelve weeks since Cindy and I had seen it, but everything seemed fine, and a sense of security fell upon our souls. All my kitchen utensils were where they were supposed to be, the home theater system was slightly misbehaving, and the everyday rituals came back easily.
DSO’s Opening Weekend to Feature Hilary Hahn and Lang LangRead more
September 26, 2016
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2016-2017 season with concerts featuring superstar violinist Hilary Hahn and piano sensation Lang Lang. Both programs will be conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.
Detroit Symphony Promotes Michelle Merrill to Associate ConductorRead more
September 16, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to announce that Michelle Merrill has been promoted to Associate Conductor ahead of her third season with the DSO.
Now On Sale: New DSO Recording of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”Read more
September 9, 2016
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Aaron Copland’s internationally celebrated masterpiece, Appalachian Spring, and his jazz-influenced ballet, Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, is now available for sale on the Naxos label. This release is volume two of the Complete Ballet series.
SEPTEMBER 2016Read more
The next sentence is one I have very rarely written: I conducted one piece for the entire month of August.
After chronicling the process of putting together Samuel Barber’s opera, Vanessa, there were just four more performances to present. During the winter season, when I have done an opera, usually I found time to fit in a guest conducting engagement during the extended breaks between performances. Even my earlier appearance in Santa Fe saw me dart up to Aspen and over to the Hollywood Bowl.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 Single Tickets On SaleRead more
August 22, 2016
Celebrate the upcoming season with two opening-weekend events featuring violinist Hilary Hahn and piano virtuoso Lang Lang. Experience blockbusters like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, an exploration of George Gershwin and the influence of popular culture on classical music, and a month-long Mozart Festival!
New York Youth Symphony to Honor Leonard SlatkinRead more
August 22, 2016
The New York Youth Symphony has announced that it will honor Leonard Slatkin with the Theodore L. Kesselman Award for Arts Education at their 54th Annual Benefit event on Monday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club.
“Stepping Out with Slatkin & McTee” Kicks Off Placitas Artists SeriesRead more
August 8, 2016
The Placitas Artists Series launches its 30th season on Sunday, August 14, with “Stepping Out with Slatkin & McTee,” a PAS fundraiser featuring internationally renowned, Grammy-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin and award-winning American composer Cindy McTee.
Barber’s “Vanessa” Receives Critical Acclaim in Santa FeRead more
August 3, 2016
Santa Fe Opera’s production of Barber’s Vanessa has garnered rave reviews, with critics lauding the top-notch cast, the elegant and evocative design elements, and Barber’s rich, colorful score.
AUGUST 2016Read more
After a terribly long trip from Nagoya, we arrived in Santa Fe, a place so opposite the Japanese cities we visited on the ONL tour that not only jet lag, but also cultural shock, set in. I am here for the duration of the summer, conducting five performances of Samuel Barber’s masterpiece, Vanessa. When I was here several years ago, I had suggested that this work would be a good one for me to do, and everyone seemed to agree. The fact that it has never been presented at the Santa Fe Opera, which is celebrating its 60th year, took everyone by surprise.