December 7, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra announced that Music Director Leonard Slatkin and his wife, composer Cindy McTee, have committed $100,000 to the DSO’s endowment to showcase an emerging artist each season. Mr. Slatkin is currently in the middle of his 10th and final season as DSO Music Director before transitioning to the role of Music Director Laureate.
The new initiative, titled the Cindy and Leonard Slatkin Emerging Artists Fund, will provide support for one up-and-coming artist to perform with the DSO each season. The featured artist may be a solo musician (including singers), a conductor, or a composer. The Slatkins’ contribution is a challenge gift: the DSO will seek additional support, and the annual draw from the total of $200,000 will support one guest artist’s performance each season.
“I was thinking about what I could do that was special in my final season as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,” said Mr. Slatkin. “I’d like to believe I’ve had some impact on the musicians, listeners, and community here in Detroit. But what else would there be after my time has concluded? Cindy and I are proud to be inaugurating this new initiative, and we hope as the years progress that the musicians are major discoveries by the DSO who make a big impression on the music world.”
DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons said, “We are so very grateful to Leonard and Cindy for this incredible gift. We are excited to be honoring Leonard’s personal and artistic impact on our orchestra and in our community throughout this season, and this new leadership gift to our endowment is the perfect way to celebrate Leonard’s legacy. We invite all those who are interested in joining this important vision to support future talent to contact us to learn more about participating in the Cindy and Leonard Slatkin Emerging Artists Fund. Thank you, Leonard and Cindy, for once again taking critical steps to secure a vibrant future for this community we all love to serve.”
DSO Chairman Mark Davidoff said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, I wish to thank Cindy and Leonard for their continued leadership in our community, newly exemplified by this extraordinary gift to bring emerging artists to Detroit. I know that our audiences will look forward to hearing these musicians’ collaborations with our incredible orchestra in the coming seasons.”
Leonard Slatkin is back with the DSO this weekend to conduct the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Last week, Mr. Slatkin and the DSO were honored to receive a 2018 Grammy Award nomination for Best Orchestral Performance for their Naxos recording of Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and Three Latin American Sketches.