Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • JUNE 2022

    With the musical season winding down and summer almost upon us, my last conducting dates took place on behalf of others. Let me explain.

    In mid-April, I received a call from the Rhode Island Philharmonic asking if I were available to stand in for Bramwell Tovey to conduct the final concerts of their subscription series. I had filled in for him on two occasions last season, conducting concerts with smaller forces. This time, I had the opportunity to work with the full orchestra. Bramwell’s program included the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven and works by Brahms and Barber to begin. As a guest, one does not often get the chance to do this symphony, as it is usually reserved for the music director.

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  • MAY 2022

    Highs and lows dominated the opening of the spring season. My old globe-trotting ways have returned, but numerous restrictions, protocols, and health checks made parts of the journey burdensome.

    I was in Europe at the end of March, having conducted a fine concert in Dublin. It was a luxury to be able to stay in the city and do a second week with the NSO of Ireland. This booking scheme used to be commonplace for me but is a rarity now. Single dates dominate my conducting schedule these days.

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  • “Music for Peace” with the Hiroshima Symphony

    April 21, 2022

    Under the banner of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra’s “Music for Peace” initiative and in recognition of the organization’s 50th anniversary as a professional ensemble, Leonard Slatkin leads a program featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 on Saturday, April 23, in Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen Hall.

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  • Michael Neidorff

    Accompanied by my future husband, I first met Michael in April of 2010, in St. Louis. The occasion was the…

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  • APRIL 2022

    Usually, when I begin writing these monthly essays, I have a pretty good idea as to how they will be structured. The beginning and end are clear, and all that I need to do is fill up the space in between. But March was different, in so many ways. If there was one thought that permeated the time, it had to be the continuing devastation in Ukraine.

    Tales of grief and woe, as well as ominous portents, made themselves known through stories on television, in print, and via internet. Amid efforts to censor and exaggerate, a portrait of our mad world became clear. I spent this month working and taking a bit of time off in Europe. Getting perspective away from home is always useful and, for a change, much of the world seemed in agreement regarding the crisis. Where it all fell apart was coming to solutions.

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  • MARCH 2022

    Musicians are wondering what they can do in the wake of the brutal invasion of Ukraine. And the answer is, not much. With my father’s side of the family being from that region of the world, this provocation hits close to home. My friends, Russian and Ukrainian alike, are distraught and united in their support of those being attacked.

    I guess no one can really understand how a conflict such as this can occur in the 21st century. Images of 1939 are flashing before our eyes as a tyrant once again attempts to dominate the world scene. And woe to those who dare to oppose him. Will we stand idly by as this blatant breach of world norms continues? Is there anything other than wishful thinking that can take place?

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  • New Album Release on Naxos: “Slatkin Conducts Slatkin”

    February 11, 2022

    Today marks the release of a very personal project honoring three generations of the Slatkin family. Slatkin Conducts Slatkin featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin is now available on Naxos Records.

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  • “Slatkin Conducts Slatkin” Album Available for Pre-Order

    February 2, 2022

    Leonard Slatkin’s latest recording, Slatkin Conducts Slatkin, is now available for pre-order. The album features the Detroit Symphony Orchestra playing Slatkin’s compositions Endgames and Kinah, and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra performing The Raven with narrator Alec Baldwin.

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  • FEBRUARY 2022

    Another month, another period of no conducting. There was a time when I would have been quite happy to write those words, but as the pandemic drags on, a degree of frustration is kicking in.

    I only had one date scheduled for January. I was supposed to work with the students at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. This engagement had already been postponed once, and when the school decided they were not ready to get back to in-person learning, the second strike was thrown.

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  • New Episodes of “The Slatkin Shuffle” and “American Musical Journey” on Classic 107.3

    January 20, 2022

    This weekend, American Musical Journey, Slatkin’s radio program about the evolution of music, moves into a new time slot on Classic 107.3 FM—Sundays at 12 p.m. Central. Upcoming all-new episodes of The Slatkin Shuffle feature selections from the years 1964 and 1968.

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