Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Introduces Mozart Festival Mascot, “Wolfie”

    January 18, 2017

    This year’s mascot, “Wolfie,” shows up too early for the DSO’s Mozart Festival, so he makes the most of his time by shredding the piano in Orchestra Hall and taking requests from some old festival friends.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Four: What to Do with the Left Hand

    January 15, 2017

    Building on previous lessons about the basic beat patterns in 2, 3, and 4, this month’s installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School is all about the left hand.

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  • DSO Presents Three-Week Mozart Festival

    January 9, 2017

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fourth annual Winter Music Festival will be a three-week celebration of Mozart’s masterpieces and influence. The festival kicks off on Thursday, January 19, and concludes on Sunday, February 5. Mozart Festival is anchored by DSO performances of six different programs conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

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  • Violinist Cho-Liang Lin Joins Slatkin for the DSO Neighborhood Series

    January 7, 2017

    Music Director Leonard Slatkin and violinist Cho-Liang Lin will present a program of Brahms, Lalo Schifrin, Smetana, and Mendelssohn as part of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, bringing world-class orchestral music to venues across Metro Detroit.

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  • JANUARY 2017

    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.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Three: The Basic 2 and 3 Patterns

    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.

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  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces July 2017 Asia Tour

    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.

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  • Pianist Emanuel Ax to Perform with the DSO

    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.

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  • DECEMBER 2016

    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.

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  • Storm Large Returns to Sing Weill’s “Seven Deadly Sins” with the DSO

    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.”

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