Slatkin Is Jury Chairman of the Cliburn Competition in Fort WorthRead more
May 25, 2017
Widely considered one of the top music contests on the planet, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition attracts the best pianists ages 18 to 30. Leonard Slatkin serves as chairman of the jury that will evaluate 30 carefully selected competitors May 25 through June 10, 2017. For the first time, the entire competition will be streamed live to fans around the world.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Eight: Placement of the OrchestraRead more
May 15, 2017
In this month’s conducting lesson, Maestro Slatkin explains the placement of instruments in the orchestra relative to the conductor’s position onstage.
Slatkin and the DSO to Perform Beethoven’s NinthRead more
May 13, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform two unforgettable works in a weekend of concerts conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including the famed “Ode to Joy” last movement, and John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man song cycle, inspired by the lyrics of Nobel Prize-winning musician and poet Bob Dylan.
Orchestre National de Lyon Tours Germany and the NetherlandsRead more
May 2, 2017
The Orchestre National de Lyon is embarking on a tour of Germany and the Netherlands May 3-14 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, with guest soloists Hilary Hahn performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Cameron Carpenter playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
MAY 2017Read more
Extremely intense three weeks in the States, with a lot of hard work and results that made it all worthwhile.
With only one day to recover from jet lag, I launched into Mahler’s 10th Symphony with the DSO. Most of you probably know that this is the work that was left incomplete, as the composer died while writing the piece. Never mind that he was superstitious about Beethoven’s death following the German master’s 9th; Mahler left enough information via sketches for several editors to try their hands at conjecturing what this last work might have sounded like.
Pianist Michel Camilo Joins Slatkin and the DSO for Symphonic Jazz ConcertsRead more
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.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Seven: The Other BeatsRead more
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.
Slatkin Leads Peabody Symphony Orchestra with Soloist Marina PiccininiRead more
April 12, 2017
Leonard Slatkin will conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University in a concert featuring renowned flutist Marina Piccinini. This free event takes place on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in the Peabody Institute and will also be streamed live.
Now Available on Naxos: Ravel’s “Antar”Read more
April 6, 2017
Naxos has released the next installment in the Orchestre National de Lyon’s Ravel cycle with the premiere recording of Antar. Ravel’s colorfully re-orchestrated selections from works by Rimsky-Korsakov have been revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar, the warrior-poet, and his beloved Abla.
Mahlerian MadnessRead more
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.