Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • 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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  • JULY 2019

    “I actually think that the job of chief conductor is becoming obsolete. The famous names from the past, Willem Mengelberg and Eduard van Beinum, spent a lot of time in Amsterdam. These days chefs constantly travel from one orchestra to another.”

    Those words come from the soon-to-retire Bernard Haitink. Boy, does he have it right. After a full season of simply being a guest conductor, I believe that the musical landscape has changed significantly, and one of those alterations has to do with the perceived necessity of having a music director. I will get to this topic a bit later in this piece, but first, there was one week of work left before the summer break.

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  • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Slatkin

    June 21, 2019

    On Wednesday, June 19, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra donors, subscribers, musicians and staff gathered in Powell Hall for an onstage dinner and special musical performance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Slatkin’s debut with the orchestra.

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  • JUNE 2019

    Life with fewer responsibilities. It has been a long time coming, but I have a feeling that new challenges await. In the meantime, hitting the guest circuit has been a most refreshing change for me.

    Not that there are not tasks to be accomplished as well as other goals to be achieved. After the heart procedure, I heard one thing loud and clear: lower stress. For this first season, after more than 40 years as the person in charge, I wound up working as hard as usual but felt freer to make music at a different level. No longer did I worry about making so many decisions that might impact others in either a positive or negative way. Just leading rehearsals and concerts seemed like plenty to do, and now I could do it in a more focused way.

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