ARTICLES BY LEONARD
Sometimes humorous, other times thought-provoking, Slatkin’s essays have appeared on Classicalsource.com and in such publications as The Washington Post and Cultural Weekly. He also contributes entries to The Huffington Post, where his column appears in the Arts & Culture section.
Reflections on a Half-Century Relationship with the SLSORead more
They say that time flies when you are having fun. If that is true, time went by at supersonic speed. It’s hard to believe that it was 50 years ago that I first stepped on the podium at Powell Hall.
André Previn TributeRead more
Versatility: “The ability to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.”
Merriam-Webster might as well have put a picture of André Previn next to this entry in their dictionary. There was no limit to what he could do.
A Lesson for AllRead more
Usually, the first rehearsal for a new season is a straightforward affair. We make announcements, introduce new musicians and staff and get our collective chops together.
Such was not the case in Detroit on a sunny Thursday morning.
The Right to Bare Our SoulsRead more
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
John F. Kennedy spoke those words more than half a century ago. They ring as true now as they have throughout history.
Where Has Curiosity Gone?Read more
During the summer months, music festivals abound all over the globe. Some are fully professional and others are distinguished by their educational activities. I don’t have a preference, but in recent years, a disturbing trend has emerged from the latter.
The Cup OverflowethRead more
About 12 years ago, when my son was 8, he played soccer for his middle-school team. Every Saturday, as a somewhat dutiful parent, I showed up and watched this sport, which seemed as far away from the culture I grew up in as it is prevalent today.
Where Did Our Musical Legacy Go?Read more
Several months ago, I wrote on this site about the lack of younger American talent on the podiums of major orchestras in the United States. Since there are still a couple of ensembles that have not yet announced their 14-15 season plans, the follow-up article is still in limbo.
The Listener as ParticipantRead more
It is always astonishing when a simple gesture leads to a heated debate. At the start of a tour to Florida with the Detroit Symphony, we decided to try something just a bit different. When the program concluded, I asked the audience to do something completely opposite of what the Voice of God told them at the top of the show.
How African Americans Have Left a Mark on Classical MusicRead more
I have been working on a new chapter of a book about the challenges faced by the classical music industry. That portion is concerned with discrimination as it has manifested itself and where we are today.