Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • “A Hero’s Life”: Slatkin Celebrates 75 with the SLSO

    October 11, 2019

    This weekend, Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. As part of his 75th birthday celebration, the orchestra will perform a new set of variations on Paganini’s most popular melody written by 11 composers with whom Slatkin has enjoyed a close collaboration.

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  • OCTOBER 2019

    I know, I know. You want to hear about my fake-news death and the Jimmy Kimmel show. That will come a bit later in this entry. To start, I need to get back to music.

    After a five-week absence from the podium, very intentional, I returned for a set of single, one-off concerts during September. It seemed a bit strange, but I wound up opening the season for the Houston Symphony. Usually in the States, these programs are done by the music director, but as Maestro Orozco-Estrada has two positions, he had to give up one opening night, allowing me to return to the orchestra for the first time in several years.

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  • Emmys Flub Leads to Appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for Slatkin

    September 24, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, talking to Jimmy via video conference from Ireland to prove that he is indeed alive after his image was erroneously displayed during the “In Memoriam” segment commemorating the passing of André Previn on the Emmy Awards.

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  • New Slatkin Recordings Released on Naxos

    September 20, 2019

    Newly released on Naxos Records: Leonard Slatkin’s recordings of works by Maurice Ravel and Aaron Jay Kernis. Maurice Ravel Orchestral Works, Volume 6 with the Orchestre National de Lyon includes the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand and the Piano Concerto in G Major with soloist François Dumont.

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  • MSM to Salute Slatkin on October 18

    September 3, 2019

    Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Visiting Artist and trustee Leonard Slatkin conducts the MSM Symphony Orchestra for the first performance of MSM Icons, a new concert series celebrating acclaimed alumni and trustees with exceptional international musical careers.

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  • September 2019 (Post-Birthday Edition)

    “Welcome to Busch Stadium. It is a beautiful day for a ball game with temperatures in the upper 70s and a few clouds helping to keep the crowd cool. The Cincinnati Reds come in for this first game of today’s double-header with the Cardinals sitting atop the National League Central division by two-and-a-half games …”

    For the past two days, various cards, messages and gifts had been coming in, all in anticipation of my impending milestone marking three-quarters of a century on the planet. This was all leading up to the big day itself, but I found myself moved by the early heartfelt wishes of so many people.

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  • Leonard Slatkin Turns 75

    September 1, 2019

    Today is Leonard Slatkin’s 75th birthday, a milestone he will celebrate with family, friends, and fans at Busch Stadium as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at this afternoon’s Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

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  • September 2019 (Pre-Birthday Edition)

    Lurking around the corner is the monster simply known to me as 75. This is not to be confused with the film that will hit theaters soon, It: Chapter Two, but the comparisons are not too far off. There is this entity that tries to lure both young and adult human beings into another world. In the Stephen King story, it is simply to scare the bejesus out of those watching events unfold, and in my life story, it is a landmark both to be appreciated and a little frightened of. I do know that Pennywise wears more makeup than I do.

    Prior to the first of September, for me AKA b-day, I only had one conducting assignment during the month of August. But it was an important one, as it marked a milestone in my podium history.

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  • AUGUST 2019

    “Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.” —Franz Schubert

    Aside from my own, I had never attended a wedding of any kind during my entire lifetime. After all these years, on July 7th, I found myself at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, watching, and crying a little, as my son married his fiancée and companion, Bridget Laifman. About one hundred people attended the ceremony, followed by a joyous celebration of the union during the reception and dinner.

    Daniel and Bridget have been together for almost four years, and the Laifmans, who live in the valley area, have been exceptionally gracious in their acceptance of Daniel throughout the duration of their courtship. Mostly from afar, I have watched the two of them grow into a wonderful couple, balancing one another in their respective lives.

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  • Slatkin to Conduct at Aspen, Bravo! Vail, and Ravinia Festivals

    July 18, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin kicks off his upcoming 75th birthday celebration with a performance at the Aspen Music Festival—where he first studied conducting under Walter Susskind in 1964—this Sunday, July 21, at 4 p.m. in the Benedict Music Tent.

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