JANUARY 2017Read more
It could not have come a moment too soon. One had to wonder how history would paint its picture of this past year. There remains much to be settled, and none of us knows how events in the States or the world will affect the arts. Still, there were two fine weeks of performances left in Detroit before Cindy and I started on a nice, long vacation.
A few years ago, when the DSO went to Carnegie Hall, we inherited a program originally scheduled for the Oregon Symphony featuring Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht’s Seven Deadly Sins with vocalist Storm Large. Fiscal demands prohibited our colleagues in Portland from getting to New York, and since we were already headed there for our own program, we also filled in the previous evening.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Three: The Basic 2 and 3 PatternsRead more
December 15, 2016
The third installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School is now available! December’s lesson focuses on conducting in 2 and 3.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces July 2017 Asia TourRead more
December 6, 2016
The DSO has announced that it will undertake a historic three-week tour of Asia, including its debut performances in China and its first visit to Japan in 19 years. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct the DSO in 11 concerts from July 14 to 29, 2017, marking his first overseas tour with the ensemble.
Pianist Emanuel Ax to Perform with the DSORead more
December 6, 2016
Pianist Emanuel Ax will join the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) for a weekend of concerts featuring Beethoven’s Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus and Piano Concerto No. 2, as well as Elgar’s Symphony No. 1. Music Director Leonard Slatkin will conduct.
DECEMBER 2016Read more
The Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908! Donald Trump was elected President! Cindy and I moved out of our Lyon apartment!
November was a very strange, and extremely busy, month.
It started off with—well—nothing. I was supposed to lead the Pittsburgh Symphony in a set of subscriptions concerts, but the orchestra remained on strike, and I simply stayed at home. After two months a settlement was reached, but it was a couple weeks too late for me to lead the orchestra. Hopefully the resolution will keep the peace for the time being.
Storm Large Returns to Sing Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” with the DSORead more
November 30, 2016
Vocalist Storm Large and the DSO made headlines in 2013 when she gave her Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in a sensational performance of Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. Large will reprise her roles as the split personalities Anna I and Anna II in this avant-garde “sung ballet.”
Slatkin Conducts Tchaikovsky Symphony Cycle in LyonRead more
November 16, 2016
As part of the Orchestre National de Lyon’s four-week Russian Festival, Leonard Slatkin leads the orchestra in the six symphonies of Tchaikovsky over the course of three concerts.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Two: The Basic 4 PatternRead more
November 15, 2016
The second installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School is now available! This month’s lesson centers on the basic 4 pattern.
NOVEMBER 2016Read more
After the successful opening of the season in Lyon, it was time to try to achieve the same in Detroit. We certainly had the star power to do it, and there were also a couple of agenda items that I hoped would make this year particularly interesting.
Coming from a background which housed about as much musical diversity as possible, I wanted to try and see if the merging of the popular culture with the classical traditions could sustain itself over the course of the majority of our subscription concerts. “Gershwin and His Children” was the name I chose for this project, basically looking at his influence on composers from all over the world.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson One: The BatonRead more
October 15, 2016
Maestro Slatkin has released the first monthly installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, a series of educational videos that will cover conducting basics. Intended for music lovers, the lessons will be posted here, and will be available on his YouTube channel, on the 15th of every month.