Author archive for leonard slatkin

  • All-New Episodes of “The Slatkin Shuffle”

    October 1, 2023

    New episodes of Leonard’s weekly radio program, The Slatkin Shuffle, air every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Central on Classic 107.3 FM. Join Leonard as he plays random selections from the nearly 10,000 tracks on his iPad and shares anecdotes about the eclectic collection of songs in his playlist. Tune in at 107.3FM/96.3HD2 or online. Plus, stream more than 40 episodes on demand at SoundCloud.

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  • Slatkin Conducts MSM Students in All-American Program

    September 29, 2023

    Leonard began the 2023-24 season by sharing his passion for American repertoire with the students of the Manhattan School of Music, where he holds the title of Distinguished Visiting Artist in Conducting and Orchestral Studies. The concert, which included works by Ellington, Bates, and Hovhaness before concluding with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, is available to stream on demand.

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  • Slatkin Conducts Oregon Symphony

    October 9, 2023

    Leonard is headed to Portland for three concerts with the Oregon Symphony and guest cellist Joshua Roman October 14-16. The program consists of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, the Elgar Cello Concerto, and Anthology of Fantastic Zoology by Mason Bates. One hour before each performance, Leonard will join Brandi Parisi, host of All Classical Radio, onstage to discuss the repertoire.

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  • OCTOBER 2023

    A mostly calm and quiet September followed my 79th birthday, but I experienced one moment that made my month.

    Not wanting to make a big deal out of turning another year older, I decided to go to a ballgame that evening. Instead of getting the tickets online, I headed to the ballpark’s box office. When I arrived downtown, other than noticing that the once-teeming metropolis that is St. Louis felt more like a ghost town, I went directly to the ticket window.

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  • SEPTEMBER 2023

    Nothing quite compares to a Taiwanese massage, especially if you happen to be in Taiwan. More on that later.

    After several weeks away from conducting, the podium beckoned for some rehearsals and performances at the end of July and the first half of August. It started in my birthplace, Los Angeles, where I used to have the somewhat ungainly title of Principal Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Holllywood Bowl. My return featured two of the most-often- performed works there, as well as a piece by Cindy.

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  • AUGUST 2023

    Most of this summer consists of downtime. With so many ongoing and looming projects, I knew I would need to dedicate many of these weeks to my books, music compositions, and outdoor grilling pursuits.

    Although I had one conducting date at the Hollywood Bowl, I will wait until next month to write about it, along with what I anticipate will be a most interesting couple weeks of conducting in Taiwan.

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  • Rhapsody in Hollywood

    July 23, 2023

    Leonard is back in his birthplace, Los Angeles, for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Makoto Ozone on Tuesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. The program begins with Cindy McTee’s energetic Timepiece, followed by the double-blockbusters of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

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  • JULY 2023

    How life changes.

    Normally, June is when orchestral seasons wind down, with subscription concerts ending sometime near the middle or end of the month. At least, that seems to be true when you are a music director. Now that I am a freelancer, the time for guest conducting has passed, and I get to focus on projects that do not require me to be on the podium.

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  • JUNE 2023

    There was a time when I would look at my calendar and say to myself, “Self, you are not too busy. Have a nice summer.” That was how it appeared it was going to be for a while this year. But priorities have a way of piling up, and now I find myself with just a little too much to do and not much time to accomplish it.

    It all started out with a promise I made to my brother at his gravesite. He passed away on my birthday, September 1st, and we gathered in New Jersey two days later to lay him to rest.

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  • All-New “Slatkin Shuffle” Episodes

    May 26, 2023

    New episodes of The Slatkin Shuffle will air on Classic 107.3 FM starting this weekend, Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. CDT. The May 27 episode is all about walking and its musical counterpart, andante. Join Leonard as he shares the eclectic collection of songs in his playlist. Listen to 200 hours of The Slatkin Shuffle on demand at Soundcloud.

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