Archive for November, 2022

  • DECEMBER 2022

    November marked a relatively calm month of conducting good music, and nothing overly strenuous. Consequently, as I begin a period of several weeks off, I do not need much time to wind down. Well, maybe I should not discount jet lag as I adjust to the time difference between Japan and St. Louis.

    In the past month, I had the opportunity to lead a group of wind players in a Chamber Music Society of St. Louis concert, which included a beautifully played Serenade for Wind Instruments by Dvořák; Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, a piece I had not conducted in quite a while; and the Petite Symphonie by Gounod.

  • Slatkin Returns to Japan to Conduct NHK Orchestra

    November 16, 2022

    Slatkin will lead the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s concerts in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka November 18-27. The first program comprises Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Rodeo. The second program features the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with soloist Ray Chen and two works by Vaughan Williams.

  • Un-Tár-nished

    Films about classical music and the artists who inhabit this world are becoming all the rage. Over the past year, I have seen a documentary about Marin Alsop, learned of an upcoming biopic about Leonard Bernstein, and discovered the recently released Tár.