Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • APRIL 2019

    On the other side of the world, musicians are doing what they are supposed to do: connecting to the past, present and future.

    It was the longest single period I have ever spent in Asia, five weeks working with five different orchestras. Although it would have been easier if the itinerary had not sent me from west to north and then east, jumping back and forth between countries was not as difficult as I expected. Three of the ensembles were new to me, not only because I had never conducted them, but also because I had never heard them.

    For 37 years, I have been traveling to this part of the world. How things have changed!

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  • April 1, 2019

    It is usual at the beginning of the month for me to write a lengthy piece about what I have been doing, along with a bit of travel news. Indeed, that will occur in a couple days, as I am traveling and have not had the chance to put keystrokes to computer in a meaningful way.The reason I am posting this is because of the extraordinary occurrences that took place over the past 24 hours. Some of it was expected, but most came as a shock and surprise to me.It all started as routine, with breakfast in the restaurant at my hotel in Shanghai. As usual, I perused the local English newspaper, the Shanghai Daily. There were two headlines that caught my attention, but I moved on to other, seemingly more important articles. The first read, “Local temple acts to comply with garbage management regulations,” and the other, “Robot has power to perform.”

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  • SLSO Celebrates 50 Years of Partnership with Leonard Slatkin

    March 29, 2019

    The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its remarkable 50-year partnership with Leonard Slatkin when the SLSO Conductor Laureate returns to lead the orchestra in two weeks of concerts—April 27-May 4—programmed around works and people with special meaning in Slatkin’s career.

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  • New Recording Release: Copland’s “Billy the Kid” and “Grogh”

    March 8, 2019

    Naxos has released the third installment in Leonard Slatkin’s cycle of Copland’s ballet works with the Detroit Symphony. The latest recording features the enduringly popular Billy the Kid in its complete version, coupled with the one-act ballet Grohg, inspired by the silent expressionist film Nosferatu.

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  • André Previn Tribute

    Versatility: “The ability to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.”

    Merriam-Webster might as well have put a picture of André Previn next to this entry in their dictionary. There was no limit to what he could do.

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  • Slatkin Heads to Asia to Conduct Five Orchestras

    March 1, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin will spend the month of March and early April in Asia for guest conducting engagements with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

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  • MARCH 2019

    When is a lot of American music simply too much? Never!

    The entire month of February was spent conducting creations from the States, some old and some new. Over the course of four weeks, I led pieces by 18 different American composers. Performing these wonderful works was nothing short of exhilarating.

    It all started in Bern, Switzerland. They had asked for a program of American works, and I included the Barber Violin Concerto among them. This would be the only piece that I repeated during the whole month. Our soloist was Augustin Hadelich, a violinist I certainly knew about but had never worked with. His sweet tone and sense of rubato for this most romantic of concertos was always in good taste.

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  • FEBRUARY 2019

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    After a lovely New Year’s Eve concert in St. Louis with music, fun and friends, Cindy and I got home around 10:30. I had written most of last month’s web piece and sent it off to post. It never dawned on me that there might just be something cringeworthy to start off 2019.

    I have never been one to do much to celebrate the arrival of the next twelve months. It was sort of exciting the first time my parents let me stay up to watch the ball drop in Times Square, but I was in Los Angeles, so I actually saw it at 9:00 in the evening. In 1968, I did venture down Broadway, but not to get into the crowd gathered to hoot and holler. Instead I went to the theater with the largest screen to view 2001: A Space Odyssey. Some years I led concerts in various parts of the world, but mostly I stayed in, once in a while tuning in to watch the last moments of the proceedings.

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  • American Panorama, a DSO Winter Music Festival, February 5-26

    January 10, 2019

    The DSO reprises its annual Winter Music Festival tradition for a sixth installment, this year celebrating the symphonic repertoire and wide-ranging musical spirit of the United States. American Panorama, a three-week festival from February 5 to 26, includes more than two dozen concerts and events.

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  • JANUARY 2019

    Although it was a good year for a lot of things, many of us were pleased to get rid of 2018. The final month started off with as much, maybe even more, turmoil than usual. Following our adventure in Morocco, Cindy and I headed for the final conducting gig of the year, this one in Paris. But our arrival was anything but calm.

    A bit later in the week, I wrote a short piece and thought it might be published in a major newspaper. I was told that the subject really wasn’t being covered in enough depth to warrant an editorial comment from me, so I will now share it with all of you.

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