Recent News and Updates


  • DSO and Leonard Slatkin Return to Orchestra Hall for Opening Weekend, Oct. 5-7

    September 28, 2018

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2018-19 Classical Series with concerts welcoming back Music Director Laureate Leonard Slatkin and featuring special guest violinist Gil Shaham. On the program is American composer Donald Erb’s The Seventh Trumpet, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (with Shaham as featured soloist), and Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations.

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  • Slatkin Returns to the Podium to Lead Encore at DSO Heroes Gala

    June 25, 2018

    Leonard Slatkin returned to Orchestra Hall stage this past Saturday, June 23, leading the encore at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s eighth annual Heroes Gala concert. This marked his first appearance on the podium since undergoing bypass surgery on May 8, and his last performance as DSO music director.

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  • DSO to Honor Music Director Leonard Slatkin at Annual Heroes Gala

    June 6, 2018

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor philanthropists Penny & Harold Blumenstein and Music Director Leonard Slatkin at the eighth annual Heroes Gala and Benefit Concert on Saturday, June 23. Proceeds from the gala will support the DSO’s commitment to transforming the lives of young people through music education.

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  • Slatkin Withdraws from Concerts through June

    May 4, 2018

    Leonard Slatkin announced today that he regrettably must withdraw from his upcoming conducting dates this May and June. Maestro Slatkin will undergo heart bypass surgery next week and is expected to be fully recovered in about three months.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Nineteen: Putting It All Together, Part Four

    April 15, 2018

    In this final episode of the Conducting School series, Leonard Slatkin addresses the decisions a conductor must make in the second through fourth movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

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  • Rave Reviews of Mahler’s “Resurrection” in Warsaw

    April 3, 2018

    Slatkin’s concert with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Beethoven Easter Festival received an overwhelmingly favorable response from the critics and audience alike. The program paired Ravel’s “Kaddisch” from Deux mélodies hébraïques with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Eighteen: Putting It All Together, Part Three

    March 15, 2018

    In this episode, Leonard Slatkin deals with a few of the technical problems that a conductor needs to solve in the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, including decisions about tempo changes, fermatas, crescendos, and repeats.

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  • Leonard Slatkin’s Conducting School, Lesson Seventeen: Putting It All Together, Part Two

    February 15, 2018

    In this lesson, Maestro Slatkin returns to his score study of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, delving further into what the conductor does when he/she studies a piece of music and how to translate and interpret what is on the page.

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  • DSO Kicks off February French Festival

    February 4, 2018

    The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fifth annual winter music festival will celebrate the music and culture of France, including six Orchestra Hall concerts conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. “Le Max” (Midtown Detroit’s Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center) will buzz with additional special events, unique food and drink options, and Gallic spirit.

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  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018-19 Season

    January 26, 2018

    Slatkin, now in his 10th and final year as DSO music director, will return in 2018-19 as music director laureate to open the season with concerts featuring violinist Gil Shaham. He will return in Feb. to lead a three-week American Festival and will close the season in June with a program featuring pianist Makoto Ozone.

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