Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • DSO Hosts Marjorie S. Fisher Memorial Celebration

    June 14, 2016

    “Lead with your heart.”

    This was Mrs. Fisher’s mandate, and it will be her legacy in perpetuity, as she passed away peacefully this past Sunday morning with her family at her side.

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  • Detroit Welcomes the 2017 League of American Orchestras Conference

    June 13, 2016

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcomes next year’s League of American Orchestras National Conference to Detroit, June 6-8, 2017. This premier event for orchestra professionals across the country provides a forum for emerging practices and innovation.

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  • JUNE 2016

    First off, I hope you are enjoying the new website. It took a lot of work, but now that it is up and running, I feel more connected to this still-early phase of the twenty-first century.

    Winding down activities for the season always feels like the stakes are ramped up. You have to imagine that everything you do is in preparation for what is to come when it all starts up again in a few months. This certainly was the case in May.

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  • DSO to Conclude Classical Season with Strauss’ “Salome”

    May 28, 2016

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will wrap up the 2015-2016 classical season with a concert version of Richard Strauss’ opera Salome. Maestro Leonard Slatkin will lead the DSO alongside soprano Lise Lindstrom in her portrayal of the title character.

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  • Welcome Message from Leonard Slatkin

    May 5, 2016

    Welcome to my new website! I am very pleased to share this updated design with you, which offers improved navigation, a full-featured schedule page, additional photo galleries, and a Twitter feed. I invite you to browse the site at your leisure and connect with me through social media.

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  • MAY 2016

    The end of a grueling, nine-week global schedule finished up with gusto and subtlety. We literally traveled around the world during these past two months, winding up in Tokyo for a most wonderful three-week stay.

    Prior to that, there was much to do in Lyon. The two weeks spent there contained a number of concerts and events, including the announcement that I will be wrapping up my music director tenure with the ONL next season.

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  • Slatkin to Receive Honorary Doctorate from New England Conservatory

    April 26, 2016

    Leonard Slatkin will be presented with an honorary doctorate from the New England Conservatory in Boston and will be the 2016 commencement speaker at a degree ceremony taking place at the college on Sunday, May 22.

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  • Naxos Releases New Recording of Ravel Orchestrations

    April 8, 2016

    Naxos has released the next installment in the Orchestre National de Lyon’s recording cycle of the works of Maurice Ravel. This disc highlights the composer’s incomparable skill in orchestrating such pieces as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

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  • Leonard Slatkin to Assume New Role with Orchestre National de Lyon

    April 5, 2016 |

    On September 1, 2017, Leonard Slatkin will become Honorary Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon. He will continue regular collaborations with the musicians of the orchestra for at least three additional seasons.

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  • APRIL 2016

    Amid the escalating political rhetoric dominating the news, as well as atrocities being committed in the world, there was some comfort in traveling to places old and new for me this past month. I found myself ending each rehearsal period by telling the orchestras I led that we are so lucky to be musicians.

    After the exhausting Brahms Festival in Detroit, I began a nine-week road trip, one that took me to orchestras familiar and unknown, at least as far as my own experiences were concerned. The first stop was in Fort Worth, with an ensemble going through its own set of difficulties during a lengthy contract negotiation. Now that I will head up the jury as well as conduct for the next Cliburn Piano Competition, it seemed logical to spend a week getting to know the orchestra a bit better.

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