March 16, 2021
Slatkin returns to the stage with live concerts on Saturday, March 20. The program includes Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with violinist Jennifer Frautschi, the First Symphony of 18th-century Black French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Cindy McTee’s Adagio, and Percy Grainger’s arrangement of Danny Boy.
Time to get back on the horse.
Five months after my end-of-summer podium appearance in Frontier Park, I found myself wondering if I could still conduct. This was not on account of any ailment or indisposition but rather because I would soon be returning to some aspects of performance life.
About a month ago, I received a message from the artistic administrator here in St. Louis. The SLSO was going hi-tech for some presentations from Powell Hall. Among other pieces, the Stravinsky Octet was on the docket. With anti-social measures in place, the musicians would be situated about six to ten feet from each other. These days, the Octet can be done without a conductor, as most wind players have performed it several times.