Monday, August 20, 2007

Leonard Slatkin to Detroit

The Detroit press is reporting American conducting luminary Leonard Slatkin will likely make his next stop at the Detroit Symphony.  For a while, Slatkin had been angling to follow Daniel Barenboim at Chicago.  Chicago had other notions.

In the end, I think Detroit is a better fit for Slatkin. Never a fan of Bruckner or Mahler (both Chicago staples) he will be able to explore his own fortay, American music, more thoroughly with an orchestra that is among the best in the country. 

Slatkin also will bring an enthusiasm for Detroit (as a city) that is sorely missing.  In fact, Slatkin seems to be among the last super-start conductors willing to commit themselves to setting down roots in a city. 

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