NOVEMBER 2017Read more
A quick glance at my calendar showed me that there was not going to be very much time to rest during the first couple months of the new season. Fortunately, all the conducting was going to be done with institutions I know well, so at least a degree of familiarity lent some cohesion to the whirlwind of rehearsals and concerts. My schedule would include the three orchestras where my career had developed over the past 50 years.
First up was St. Louis. It is hard to believe that it was 49 years ago that a young man first stood on that podium at Powell Symphony Hall. There will be celebrations to come next season, but this year it was a return to one of the pieces that helped put the orchestra on the map. I did not count how many times we performed Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, but it was probably the work we played the most often.
Slatkin Returns to MSM for Second Annual Conductors’ ProjectRead more
October 24, 2017
Leonard Slatkin is in New York City for the second annual Manhattan School of Music/Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductors’ Project. Two recent MSM conducting graduates—Malcolm J. Merriweather and Yoon Sang Timothy Cho—are the selected conducting fellows for the project.
For 2018 Grammy Consideration: Three of Leonard Slatkin’s Naxos RecordingsRead more
October 23, 2017
Members of the Recording Academy are voting in the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and three of Leonard Slatkin’s recordings have been submitted for consideration.
DSO Principal Viola and Principal Cello to Perform as Featured SoloistsRead more
October 18, 2017
DSO Principal Viola Eric Nowlin and Principal Cello Wei Yu will be featured soloists for concerts conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, October 20-21. The program includes a world premiere by Loren Loiacono titled Smothered by Sky, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Thirteen: Stop and HoldRead more
October 15, 2017
In October’s conducting lesson, Maestro Slatkin addresses how to cut off the orchestra. He also introduces the fermata symbol and its effect on the ending of a piece, using score examples from Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 and Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony.
Screening of “Samuel Barber, Absolute Beauty,” Featuring Leonard SlatkinRead more
October 10, 2017
Maestro Slatkin will attend a screening of the new documentary Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty, in which he is featured, at the Royal Starr Film Festival at Emagine Royal Oak on Saturday, October 14, at 1 p.m. After the film he will participate in a Q&A session with the filmmaker and sign copies of Leading Tones.
DSO Opens 2017-18 Classical Season with Pianist Olga KernRead more
October 9, 2017
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will kick off a season-long celebration of Music Director Leonard Slatkin’s 10th anniversary and the 2017-18 Classical Series with concerts featuring special guest pianist Olga Kern.
OCTOBER 2017Read more
About a two-hour train ride from Paris to the east lies a city that even many French people don’t know about. But for seventy years, Besançon has been the home to a two-week music festival that attracts a good number of listeners. Every other year there is a conducting competition that has produced a number of outstanding winners, including Seiji Ozawa.
When I began my conducting studies at Juilliard, we were only a class of four students. One of them was Catherine Comet, a French woman who had won first prize in 1963. She would go on to be the first female to ever head up an American orchestra and served as my assistant in St. Louis for two seasons. When Cindy and I met up with some of the people who would assist during the week, we were given the full festival brochure. And in it was Catherine’s picture from more than fifty years ago. I understand that she retired and now lives in Wyoming.
Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Twelve: Clef NotesRead more
September 15, 2017
Maestro Slatkin uses the Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 to introduce the clefs conductors encounter in their scores, and he explains the importance of transpositions to understanding how the notes sound and fit together.
Just Released: “Leading Tones,” by Leonard SlatkinRead more
September 12, 2017
NOW AVAILABLE: Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Music Industry
Purchase Leonard Slatkin’s new book at Hal Leonard Online today!