Recent News and Updates


  • Rave Reviews for DSO’s Copland Release on Naxos

    July 13, 2017

    The Detroit Symphony’s latest release on the Naxos label is Aaron Copland’s iconic Symphony No. 3, recorded with the composer’s original coda intact. Reviews of the new recording have been overwhelmingly positive, with critics admiring Maestro Slatkin’s pacing, the orchestral balance, and the poignant, expressive playing of the DSO musicians.

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  • DSO Heads to Asia after a Free Send-Off Concert Sunday

    July 7, 2017

    On July 11, the DSO departs on its historic Asia Tour 2017, a trip that will include the orchestra’s debut performances in China and its first visit to Japan in 19 years. Leonard Slatkin will conduct the DSO in eleven concerts from July 14 to 29, from Tokyo to Shanghai, marking his first overseas tour with the orchestra and the DSO’s first international tour since Europe in October 2001.

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  • The Orchestre National de Lyon Celebrates Leonard Slatkin

    June 23, 2017

    Hail to the Chief: Anne-Sophie Mutter, the ONL and the People of Lyon Welcome the Work of Leonard Slatkin

    by Beate Langenbruch

    Published in French by Bachtrack and translated here.

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  • 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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