Recent News and Updates


  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Nine: The Use of Your Body to Indicate Dynamics

    June 15, 2017

    In this ninth installment of the Conducting School series, Maestro Slatkin delves into how the conductor conveys dramatic intensity and emotion by using the left hand and the rest of the body.

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  • Slatkin Is Jury Chairman of the Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth

    May 25, 2017

    Widely considered one of the top music contests on the planet, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition attracts the best pianists ages 18 to 30. Leonard Slatkin serves as chairman of the jury that will evaluate 30 carefully selected competitors May 25 through June 10, 2017. For the first time, the entire competition will be streamed live to fans around the world.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Eight: Placement of the Orchestra

    May 15, 2017

    In this month’s conducting lesson, Maestro Slatkin explains the placement of instruments in the orchestra relative to the conductor’s position onstage.

    Future lessons will be posted here, and will also be available on his YouTube channel, on the 15th of every month.

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  • Slatkin and the DSO to Perform Beethoven’s Ninth

    May 13, 2017

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform two unforgettable works in a weekend of concerts conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including the famed “Ode to Joy” last movement, and John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man song cycle, inspired by the lyrics of Nobel Prize-winning musician and poet Bob Dylan.

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  • Orchestre National de Lyon Tours Germany and the Netherlands

    May 2, 2017

    The Orchestre National de Lyon is embarking on a tour of Germany and the Netherlands May 3-14 under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, with guest soloists Hilary Hahn performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Cameron Carpenter playing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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  • Pianist Michel Camilo Joins Slatkin and the DSO for Symphonic Jazz Concerts

    April 19, 2017

    Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcome pianist and composer Michel Camilo for a concert program that includes Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1 and Camilo’s own Triple Concerto, featuring a jazz trio comprising Camilo, bassist Ricky Rodriguez, and drummer Cliff Almond.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Seven: The Other Beats

    April 15, 2017

    In the April installment of Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Maestro Slatkin delves into the technical aspects of the beat, expounding on how to deal with time signatures involving five, six, or seven beats per bar.

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  • Slatkin Leads Peabody Symphony Orchestra with Soloist Marina Piccinini

    April 12, 2017

    Leonard Slatkin will conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at Johns Hopkins University in a concert featuring renowned flutist Marina Piccinini. This free event takes place on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall at the Peabody Institute and will also be streamed live.

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  • Now Available on Naxos: Ravel’s “Antar”

    April 6, 2017

    Naxos has released the next installment in the Orchestre National de Lyon’s Ravel cycle with the premiere recording of Antar. Ravel’s colorfully re-orchestrated selections from works by Rimsky-Korsakov have been revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar, the warrior-poet, and his beloved Abla.

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  • Slatkin to Lead DSO in Concerts Featuring Sharon Isbin

    April 3, 2017

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcomes guitarist Sharon Isbin for a concert program that includes Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute and Chris Brubeck’s Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. Mahler’s dramatic Tenth Symphony in the Deryck Cook completion rounds out the program.

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