Film, Video Interview with Leonard Slatkin

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Interview with Leonard Slatkin
Conductor Leonard Slatkin discussed his career, the future of orchestras and community engagement, arts education and the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, in conjunction with the release of his new book "Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians and the Music Industry."
Event Date
November 02, 2017
-  In 2017-18, internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin celebrated his 10th and final season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and his first season in the new role of directeur musical honoraire with the Orchestre National de Lyon. He also published his second book, "Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians and the Music Industry," and serves as jury chairman of the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors. Slatkin has received six Grammy awards and 33 nominations. A recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, Slatkin also holds the rank of Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor. He has received Austria's Decoration of Honor in Silver, the League of American Orchestras' Gold Baton Award, and the 2013 ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for his debut book, "Conducting Business." Slatkin has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world. As music director, he has held posts in New Orleans, St. Louis, Washington, London and Lyon, France. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
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1 hours, 11 minutes, 15 seconds
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