Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • Leonard Slatkin on the Sinatra Centennial

    December 8, 2016

    Maestro Slatkin spoke with Susan Whitall of The Detroit News about his family connections to Frank Sinatra, sharing his personal reflections for her article “Remembering Frank Sinatra, ‘The Voice,’ on His Birthday.”

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  • Maestro Slatkin Conducts the “Resurrection” Symphony with Gustav Mahler’s Baton

    December 6, 2015

    In the fifth movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Maestro Slatkin conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Wayne State University Chorus using Gustav Mahler’s baton.

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  • The Right to Bare Our Souls

    “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

    John F. Kennedy spoke those words more than half a century ago. They ring as true now as they have throughout history.

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  • Where Has Curiosity Gone?

    During the summer months, music festivals abound all over the globe. Some are fully professional and others are distinguished by their educational activities. I don’t have a preference, but in recent years, a disturbing trend has emerged from the latter.

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  • The Cup Overfloweth

    About 12 years ago, when my son was 8, he played soccer for his middle-school team. Every Saturday, as a somewhat dutiful parent, I showed up and watched this sport, which seemed as far away from the culture I grew up in as it is prevalent today.

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  • In Space, No One Can Hear You Play

    “Sarah Brightman Signs On for International Space Station Gig: Soprano will pay $52m in bid to be the first professional musician to sing from space—but faces competition from Lady Gaga”

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  • Where Did Our Musical Legacy Go?

    Several months ago, I wrote on this site about the lack of younger American talent on the podiums of major orchestras in the United States. Since there are still a couple of ensembles that have not yet announced their 14-15 season plans, the follow-up article is still in limbo.

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  • The Listener as Participant

    It is always astonishing when a simple gesture leads to a heated debate. At the start of a tour to Florida with the Detroit Symphony, we decided to try something just a bit different. When the program concluded, I asked the audience to do something completely opposite of what the Voice of God told them at the top of the show.

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  • How African Americans Have Left a Mark on Classical Music

    I have been working on a new chapter of a book about the challenges faced by the classical music industry. That portion is concerned with discrimination as it has manifested itself and where we are today.

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