Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • NOVEMBER 2016

    After the successful opening of the season in Lyon, it was time to try to achieve the same in Detroit. We certainly had the star power to do it, and there were also a couple of agenda items that I hoped would make this year particularly interesting.

    Coming from a background which housed about as much musical diversity as possible, I wanted to try and see if the merging of the popular culture with the classical traditions could sustain itself over the course of the majority of our subscription concerts. “Gershwin and His Children” was the name I chose for this project, basically looking at his influence on composers from all over the world.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson One: The Baton

    October 15, 2016

    Maestro Slatkin has released the first monthly installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, a series of educational videos that will cover conducting basics. Intended for music lovers, the lessons will be posted here, and will be available on his YouTube channel, on the 15th of every month.

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  • Manhattan School of Music and Detroit Symphony Launch Conductors’ Project

    October 12, 2016

    This month Manhattan School of Music and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra launch their first annual Conductors’ Project, a “podium partnership” that will see two recent MSM conducting graduates chosen as Conducting Fellows to work with Leonard Slatkin for a two-week educational exchange.

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  • Coming October 15: Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School 1.0

    October 7, 2016

    On October 15, we will open the doors to Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, a series of monthly videos showing music lovers conducting basics.

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  • Slatkin to Lead Garrick Ohlsson and the DSO in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”

    October 3, 2016

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform George Gershwin’s groundbreaking Rhapsody in Blue in a three-concert series led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin and featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson.

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  • OCTOBER 2016

    With just a little over one month to go before we elect a new President of the United States, there is much to think about. With confrontations between citizens and the police, continued terrorist activity throughout the world, and an insecure economy, one could at least find comfort in the arts, and for a few hours each day, I was able to do just that.

    The early part of September was mostly spent getting reacquainted with our house in suburban Detroit. It had been twelve weeks since Cindy and I had seen it, but everything seemed fine, and a sense of security fell upon our souls. All my kitchen utensils were where they were supposed to be, the home theater system was slightly misbehaving, and the everyday rituals came back easily.

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  • DSO’s Opening Weekend to Feature Hilary Hahn and Lang Lang

    September 26, 2016

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2016-2017 season with concerts featuring superstar violinist Hilary Hahn and piano sensation Lang Lang. Both programs will be conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

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  • Detroit Symphony Promotes Michelle Merrill to Associate Conductor

    September 16, 2017

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is proud to announce that Michelle Merrill has been promoted to Associate Conductor ahead of her third season with the DSO.

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  • Now On Sale: New DSO Recording of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”

    September 9, 2016

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Aaron Copland’s internationally celebrated masterpiece, Appalachian Spring, and his jazz-influenced ballet, Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, is now available for sale on the Naxos label. This release is volume two of the Complete Ballet series.

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  • SEPTEMBER 2016

    The next sentence is one I have very rarely written: I conducted one piece for the entire month of August.

    After chronicling the process of putting together Samuel Barber’s opera, Vanessa, there were just four more performances to present. During the winter season, when I have done an opera, usually I found time to fit in a guest conducting engagement during the extended breaks between performances. Even my earlier appearance in Santa Fe saw me dart up to Aspen and over to the Hollywood Bowl.

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