Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • JULY 2021: Season Rollout Edition

    Most of you who read these monthly musings know that I am big on preserving the heritage and legacy of composers from the United States. Our tradition is rich and full. There was a time when many of these creators were heroes, part of the ongoing march of cultural history.

    It is important to understand what orchestras are doing next season and more importantly, why they are doing it. Some programming decisions needed to change in light of what we have experienced over this past year and a half. Placing emphasis on female performers and composers is long overdue, and pretty much every orchestra has recognized this, at least for the 2021-22 season. The same is true for musicians from minority communities. Black artists have, in some cases, been absent from programming aside from special observances placing them all together on a single concert. We should applaud the boards, staffs, and musicians who are working to balance the scales.

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  • Slatkin at Taipei Music Academy & Festival SF

    July 14, 2021

    Leonard Slatkin will work with young musicians at the 2021 Taipei Music Academy & Festival. Originally scheduled to take place on the campus of the National Taipei University of the Arts, the program has been moved to the San Francisco Conservatory due to increased pandemic restrictions in Taiwan.

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  • Leonard Slatkin Joins the Arabella Arts Roster

    July 8, 2021

    The classical management agency Arabella Arts has announced exclusive representation of world-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin in North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

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  • JULY 2021

    Although we have not yet arrived at the “dog days of summer,” temperatures have been warm enough to cause some of us to wonder when they will hit the century mark. Meanwhile, much of the world has started returning to regular performance routines.

    I am going to write about two main points in this month’s column, both related to events that occurred in June. One is specific and the other general.

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  • Leonard Slatkin Returns to the Aspen Festival

    June 23, 2021

    Slatkin will conduct the Aspen Chamber Symphony in a concert featuring pianist Inon Barnatan on July 2, 2021. Two Beethoven monuments kick off the season’s first Aspen Chamber Symphony concert, with Julia Perry’s A Short Piece for Orchestra opening the program.

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  • Acclaim for William Grant Still’s “Highway 1, U.S.A.” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

    June 4, 2021

    OTSL resurrects a seldom-performed opera by William Grant Still, regarded as “the dean of African-American composers.” Highway 1, U.S.A. is an intimate, one-act work with a sweeping score that blends elements of Romanticism, blues, and musical theater.

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  • Rave Reviews for “Gianni Schicchi” at Opera Theatre of St. Louis

    June 1, 2021

    Opera has returned to the Gateway City with the opening of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s 2021 festival season. As reviewer Eric Meyer noted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Palpable anticipation radiated from audience, staff and performers alike before the opening performance.”

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  • JUNE 2021

    If it’s June, it must be time for opera. Or at least that is how it usually works in St. Louis. In 1976, a group of passionate advocates for the artform got together and decided it was time for the city to have its own company.

    Their first foray was a success, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has been thriving ever since. Housed at Webster University in the suburb of Webster Groves, the company presents around four productions a season, hires almost exclusively American talent, boasts an outstanding young artist program, and presents operas in English. More on that a bit later.

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  • Slatkin Conducts Two Productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis

    May 20, 2021

    Opera Theatre of St. Louis brings its 2021 season outdoors at the Loretto-Hilton Center. The festival begins with Puccini’s comic opera in one act, Gianni Schicchi, and continues with Highway 1, U.S.A., a long-neglected opera by the “dean” of African American composers, William Grant Still.

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  • MAY 2021: Getting in Shape Edition

    Looking at me, you would never know that I was once a skinny, underweight teenager. And before that, back in the ’50s, I was served a malted milk a day to get my girth up to snuff. Those days are long gone.

    With the ever-present battle of the bulge raging, the pandemic provided an opportunity to try and get myself into decent shape. For starters, I would not be dining out for quite a while, which was good news for my waistline. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet was difficult on the road given the lure of late-night gastronomic delights at parties, receptions and fine restaurants. Most of the establishments I ate in did not have salad bars.

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