Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • Slatkin Premieres “Brahmsiana” with The Orchestra Now

    September 16, 2021

    Leonard Slatkin will lead the world premiere of Brahmsiana, his arrangement of Brahms melodies, with The Orchestra Now (TŌN) at Bard College’s Fisher Center, September 18-19, 2021.

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  • Slatkin Launches New Book, “Classical Crossroads”

    September 13, 2021

    This week marks the publication of Leonard’s third book, Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century, available September 15 from Rowman & Littlefield and anywhere books are sold.

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  • SEPTEMBER 2021: Birthday Edition

    Birthdays seem to come more frequently these days. And those of the past are getting more difficult to remember. Where was I last year at this time? There were certainly lots of well-wishers, and my inbox was fuller than usual.

    77 is a number that conjures up nothing. Okay, there was that TV show (77 Sunset Strip) and song from back in the late Fifties, but as far as anniversaries go, it is just a blip on the birthday radar.

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  • AUGUST 2021: A Tale of Two Orchestras

    As the summer broiled along, I participated in two music festivals. Both involved a combination of professional and student musicians, but that was pretty much where the similarities ended.

    I have been going to Aspen since 1964, and it is safe to say that my path as a conductor began there. Much has changed. There were no traffic lights back then. At one time, the festival comprised just three shows a week; now it features as many as three a day. During my time as a student, there was only one orchestra. They played a single concert each week, led exclusively by the music director. The student body was around 150 when I attended and today includes hundreds more.

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  • Author Event: An Evening with Leonard Slatkin

    August 2, 2021

    Tickets are now on sale for the St. Louis County Library’s Author Series kickoff event—a special evening with Leonard Slatkin. Slatkin will discuss his third book, Classical Crossroads: The Path Forward for Music in the 21st Century, with John Clare, CEO and general manager at Classic 107.3 FM.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Slatkin at Taipei Music Academy & Festival SF

    July 7, 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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  • 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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