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Leonard Slatkin

The DSO's Mozart Festival: A Homecoming of Wonderful Music

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.28.2017 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in the middle of its February festival, a mostly annual program where all of the concerts focus on one composer for ...

A Lesson for All

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 10.02.2016 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Usually, the first rehearsal for a new season is a straightforward affair. We make announcements, introduce new musicians and staff and get our collective chops together. Such was not the case in Detroit on a sunny Thursday morning.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Concertos of Jaffe, Tower, Albert and Rouse

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.28.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

In this article I discuss a number of wonderful recent concertos. This is not to suggest that the composers of these works haven't written many other meritorious pieces in other genres.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Celebrates the Life and Music of Russian Composer Tchaikovsky With Three Week Festival

Kelly Frazier | Posted 04.13.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

In tackling the life and times of Tchaikovsky, the DSO is really trying to do more than just play his music, but really dig deep into what made this man tick and why his music continues to be so relevant even today.

A Conversation With Pianist Hélène Grimaud -- At Davies Symphony Hall, 2/15-16

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

It's all about energy, reflection, harmonic complexity, and eye-popping beauty. This sequence of events, the synchronicity of it all -- the time, the place, and the artist -- is a wondrous thing.

The Wait Is Not Over

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 07.05.2014 | Comedy
Leonard Slatkin

Over at my telephone/internet/cable company, they play one lite jazz segment over and over. For more than an hour I listened to this ditty, all 30 seconds of it, before it repeated and repeated. It was minimalist hell.

Vive la Différence

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

They come in all shapes and sizes. They range in age. Their dress can vary from jeans to tuxedoes. The audience for classical music has always been somewhat diverse in appearance and appreciation.

That Other Musical Minority

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Virtually no American orchestras were engaging guest conductors from our own country under the age of 45. For the most part, aside from a few assistant conductorships, the younger generation of maestri is primarily limited to musicians from other countries. And at that, 45 may not be considered so young.

Lights, Camera, Music!

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

It would seem that after decades of derision, film scores are finally beginning to take their place as true descendants of opera, and they are now appreciated by not only film fans but concertgoers as well.

Regional Commerce

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Words are wonderful and confusing things. On one hand they attempt to clarify our thoughts, but on the other, they lead us to yet more words that muddy up the water.

Hi-Ho, the Glamorous Life

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

It is not often that I get or take a real vacation. The summer of '13 is different. However, there are thoughts and questions that have arisen as a result of having too much time to think.

A Day at the Races

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 08.03.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Certainly a performance must be judged on its own merit and will usually be a matter of taste on the part of the listener. But how can one truly be objective in a field that is all about subjectivity?

Home, Sweet Homes

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Lyon is the city that I have called my second home for the past two years. Being music director with two orchestras requires a very good set of plans and an even better understanding of the airlines. It also means that I must balance my roles in both Detroit and France.

Madness at the Met: Slatkin vs. Gheorgiu, Round Two

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ivan Katz

The Met seems to have embraced the old Hollywood Star System and is now milking it for all its worth.