Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • Leonard Slatkin Conducts Vaughan Williams

    Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams Conductor: Leonard Slatkin Soloists: Hugh Bean, Violin; David Jones, cello; David Mason, flugelhorn; Thomas Allen, Baritone; Benita Valente, soprano; Jane…

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  • The Melody of Rhythm: Triple Concerto & Music for Trio

    Soloists: Béla Fleck, banjo; Zakir Hussain, tabla; Edgar Meyer, bass Conductor: Leonard Slatkin Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Works on this…

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  • Slatkin at 70: Greatest Hits

    Composers: Aaron Copland, Cindy McTee, Maurice Ravel, Charles Ives, Leroy Anderson, William Bolcom, John Williams, Hector Berlioz Conductor: Leonard Slatkin…

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  • Leonard Slatkin: The American Collection Box Set

    Composers: Leroy Anderson, Edwin Eugene Bagley, Leonard Bernstein, Dudley Buck, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Morton Gould, Ferde Grofé, Richard Hayman, Victor Herbert,…

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  • MAY 2020

    Throughout my adult life as a musician, I have never experienced what most people would call a daily routine. Those of us in the profession don’t keep regular hours. We have rehearsals and concerts on different days at different times. Sleep patterns change depending on when we complete our work and then start up again.

    Now that I have been holed up in my bunker for six weeks (or has it been six months?), I have a consistent regimen. It did not take long to settle in, and I suppose it was inevitable that some sort of pattern would emerge. Conductors do not practice at home; they study whichever works are next on the agenda. As the cancellations kept rolling in, the need to have pieces ready to go disappeared.

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  • Slatkin Seeks Participation in Book Project

    Leonard Slatkin is involving his readers in the development of his upcoming book about the changing landscape of classical music in our time. Every Monday he will post the title of a chapter, along with a summary of the topic he will address therein, on the Commentary section of this site. He encourages readers to contribute thought-provoking questions and suggestions that may inspire him to expand his analysis of the theme at hand.

    Readers may post queries and suggest avenues he might explore within that chapter using the form that follows the text. Collaborators will be credited in the final product (or kept anonymous by request).

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  • APRIL 2020

    Well, here we are, mostly stuck at home—some working, others studying, and many trying to figure out what to do to fill the time. For me, the month started quietly, but by the time I started rehearsing with the DSO for planned performances of Carmina Burana, the World Health Organization had declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and life in the United States began to change. The next few days brought concert cancellations, starting with those in Detroit.

    Next it was with the young musicians of The Orchestra Now at Bard College in New York. We were supposed to play a program in Manhattan, but the school shut down classes, and you just cannot rehearse an orchestra virtually.

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  • “The Slatkin Shuffle” Radio Show Now Available On-Demand

    March 30, 2020

    Leonard Slatkin’s radio show, “The Slatkin Shuffle,” which airs on Classic 107.3 FM in St. Louis, is now available worldwide for free online listening. Join Leonard as he plays random selections and shares anecdotes about his eclectic playlist.

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  • MARCH 2020

    ¡Viva España!

    It is not often that I get to spend a whole month in a country other than the United States. The couple of times it has occurred, I was involved in an opera production, when you have to hang around through the rehearsals and performances. This past month, following the week in Dublin, Cindy and I headed for Spain, where I had two weeks of concerts and two weeks of sightseeing.

    Starting off in Mallorca, I was in familiar territory. Having conducted there a couple years ago, I knew the orchestra and most of the city. As with so many European ensembles, the Balearic Orchestra does its rehearsing in a studio, away from the concert hall where it performs. Although I have written about this situation before, it bears repeating. The hall is to the orchestra as the violin is to the violinist. Imagine soloists needing to practice using one instrument but doing the final rehearsal and performance on another. Yes, I know that pianists have the same, if not a worse problem, but they can still develop their own personal sounds and styles by themselves.

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  • St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra Celebrates 50 Years

    February 19, 2020

    To mark the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra’s 50th anniversary, alumni returned to share memories of the lasting impact of their experience. Their stories were the focus of a recent episode of “Living St. Louis” on The Nine Network.

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