Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • FEBRUARY 2020

    Between impeachment and Brexit, working in the States and Europe is provoking more questions than answers. Good thing that I could concentrate on some truly wonderful music-making during the first month of the New Year.

    Before heading east, Cindy and I went out to LA, visiting Daniel and Bridget for a few days. After a half year of marriage, they are doing great, and both have really exciting projects ahead. We spent a lovely New Year’s Eve with her family, and the next day had dinner with Jeff Beal and his wife, Joan. Daniel and I also took in the ninth installment of Star Wars. It seemed to wrap up the story, but it also seemed just a bit cumbersome in having to deal with so many threads from the past films. Still, being old enough to have seen them all in a theater, I can say that it has been a true pleasure. Watching the cycle grow and reach several generations is a thing of wonder.

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  • JANUARY 2020

    As the clock approaches midnight, it still seems appropriate to have a look back. December was a month that began with sadness for Cindy and me but ended with an even greater appreciation for friends and family.

    Charles McTee passed away at age 91, about seven months after his wife Jaquelin died. It is difficult enough losing one parent, but two in the same year is truly heartbreaking. I first got to know Chuck and Jackie about ten years ago, and they were a wonderful addition to my family.

    They lived all their lives in the small town of Eatonville, Washington, she as a teacher and he as a businessman. Their love and respect for each other was on display every minute. It was evident that they had raised two fantastic daughters, Christy, who lived nearby, and Cindy.

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  • DECEMBER 2019

    There was a lot of meat, some stuffing and a bit of corn on the table. No, I am not talking about the Thanksgiving meal, but rather the musical buffet that made up the month of November.

    One of the benefits of having more weeks available for guest conducting has been the opportunity to visit orchestras I have not conducted in quite a while. Buffalo, Rochester and Toronto filled that bill. Detroit was sandwiched in there, but now I return as the music director laureate, a job more like a guest conductor with a few additional administrative responsibilities.

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  • Rave Reviews for GRAMMY-Nominated Copland Recording

    November 22, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin’s recording with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra of Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid and Grohg has garnered widespread critical acclaim and a Best Orchestral Performance GRAMMY nomination for Slatkin and the DSO.

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  • GRAMMY Nomination for Copland’s “Billy the Kid” and “Grohg” with DSO

    November 20, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have been nominated for a GRAMMY award in the Best Orchestral Performance category for their recording of Copland’s Billy the Kid and Grohg.

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  • NOVEMBER 2019

    Journeys unknown and paths less taken were part of last month’s itinerary. After a leisurely jaunt through most of Ireland, it was back to work in a very unusual setting. But there were also visits to the familiar and celebrations to be had.

    Being on the freelance circuit has some built-in advantages. For me, it is an opportunity to drop into parts of the musical world I have never seen as well as traverse long-desired destinations. Ireland was certainly one of those, but it was also a chance for Cindy to connect with a large part of her family heritage.

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  • MSM Celebrates Slatkin’s 75th Birthday with Concert and Gala

    October 25, 2019

    The Manhattan School of Music honored Leonard Slatkin with a 75th birthday concert and celebration in Neidorff-Karpati Hall on Friday, October 18. The program included works by four generations of Slatkin’s family, including Modest Altschuler, Felix Slatkin, Cindy McTee, and Daniel Slatkin.

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  • “A Hero’s Life”: Slatkin Celebrates 75 with the SLSO

    October 11, 2019

    This weekend, Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. As part of his 75th birthday celebration, the orchestra will perform a new set of variations on Paganini’s most popular melody written by 11 composers with whom Slatkin has enjoyed a close collaboration.

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  • OCTOBER 2019

    I know, I know. You want to hear about my fake-news death and the Jimmy Kimmel show. That will come a bit later in this entry. To start, I need to get back to music.

    After a five-week absence from the podium, very intentional, I returned for a set of single, one-off concerts during September. It seemed a bit strange, but I wound up opening the season for the Houston Symphony. Usually in the States, these programs are done by the music director, but as Maestro Orozco-Estrada has two positions, he had to give up one opening night, allowing me to return to the orchestra for the first time in several years.

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  • Emmys Flub Leads to Appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for Slatkin

    September 24, 2019

    Leonard Slatkin appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, talking to Jimmy via video conference from Ireland to prove that he is indeed alive after his image was erroneously displayed during the “In Memoriam” segment commemorating the passing of André Previn on the Emmy Awards.

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