Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • NEA Funding for “The Slatkin Shuffle” on Classic 107.3 FM

    May 13, 2021

    The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Radio Arts Foundation will receive a Grant for Arts Projects in the music category. Classic 107.3 FM will use the funding to support “The Slatkin Shuffle,” a weekly radio program in which Slatkin shares anecdotes about the eclectic collection of songs in his playlist.

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  • MAY 2021

    A little over a month after returning to the podium, I have been struck by how various orchestras are dealing with rehearsing and presenting concerts. In the past, a conductor could just show up, ask how long the orchestra could rehearse before taking a break, and try to accomplish the goals for the day.

    Now it is all different. Every orchestra seems to regulate things depending on state guidelines, union rules, and what they feel is best for everyone. The three ensembles I worked with recently each has a different method of operation.

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  • Slatkin Continues Musical Journey with SLSO

    April 21, 2021

    In a time of limited travel, Slatkin takes listeners across the globe with music by Britten, Ravel, and Ginastera. The concerts will be performed for a socially distanced live audience in Powell Hall Friday through Sunday, April 23-25.

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  • Slatkin Returns to Detroit April 15-16

    April 7, 2021

    Celebrating ten years of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Live from Orchestra Hall webcasts, Leonard Slatkin returns to conduct two concerts featuring works by William Grant Still, Alberto Ginastera, Gerald Finzi, Jennifer Higdon, and Ernest Bloch on Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

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  • Slatkin Steps in at Rhode Island Philharmonic

    April 6, 2021

    Leonard Slatkin returns to Rhode Island this week to fill in for conductor Bramwell Tovey in a program featuring Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Wagner’s Siegfied Idyll, and Jon Kimura Parker performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. The concert will be live-streamed on Saturday, April 10, at 8 p.m. EDT.

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  • APRIL 2021

    Sometimes, purely by accident, circumstances put us in a place where we are convinced that coincidence is also part of fate. Such was the case as Cindy and I headed off on our first real trip in more than a year.

    Over the course of ten days, we took leisurely drives from and back to St. Louis, with the main destination point being my old stomping grounds, New Orleans. It is a fairly straightforward shot down I-55, and we planned some overnight stops along the way to take in the sights.

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  • APRIL 1, 2021

    “The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, like most large ensembles, has been forced by Covid rules to play with fewer musicians on stage, in an empty hall, effectively as a chamber orchestra. As they were rehearsing, the players realized this was the first time in its history that the orchestra was appearing without a conductor.”

    Slipped Disc, March 8, 2021

    The following will appear in the next edition of the Saint Louis Gazette:

    “Orchestra announces plan to play conductorless beginning in September”

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  • Slatkin Conducts Rhode Island Philharmonic

    March 16, 2021

    Slatkin returns to the stage with live concerts on Saturday, March 20. The program includes Saint-Saëns’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with violinist Jennifer Frautschi, the First Symphony of 18th-century Black French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Cindy McTee’s Adagio, and Percy Grainger’s arrangement of Danny Boy.

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  • MARCH 2021: Recovery Edition, Part 30

    Time to get back on the horse.

    Five months after my end-of-summer podium appearance in Frontier Park, I found myself wondering if I could still conduct. This was not on account of any ailment or indisposition but rather because I would soon be returning to some aspects of performance life.

    About a month ago, I received a message from the artistic administrator here in St. Louis. The SLSO was going hi-tech for some presentations from Powell Hall. Among other pieces, the Stravinsky Octet was on the docket. With anti-social measures in place, the musicians would be situated about six to ten feet from each other. These days, the Octet can be done without a conductor, as most wind players have performed it several times.

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  • FEBRUARY 2021: Recovery Edition, Part 29

    Those of you who are performers know that we typically had no patterns when it came to a daily schedule. Rehearsals and concerts would occur at any time. This variability affected virtually all our regimens, including diet and family. We settled into a life of inconsistencies.

    That is how it was for more than fifty years of my existence. Ten months into pandemic life, things are quite different. It is almost impossible to remember the time when I had to set my alarm clock, which very rarely had the same waking time as the previous day. Even though I have had my share of either sleepless nights or trouble entering the Land of Nod, a 7:30 reveille has now become the norm, as has falling asleep well before midnight.

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