Classical Roots


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Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 8   10:45 AM  
Saturday, March 9   8:00 PM  

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Leonard Slatkin

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.
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Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Founded in 1972 by the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is currently led by Dr. Augustus O. Hill. The Chorale has been a part of the Classcial Roots Celebration since its inception.

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Eric Owens

Eric Owens has sung with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Seattle Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony, and collaborated with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Franz Welser-Möst, John Nelson, and Robert Spano.  The New Yorker's Alex ross raved of a recent operatic performance, "His hefty, tonally focused, richly colored voice cut through the tumult of Goldenthal's score, and his vital, naturalistic acting gave heart to a high-tech spectacle."  <br /><br />Learn more at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. 

Vanguard Voices

Concert Description

Enjoy some of our favorite highlights from our past two seasons of Classical Roots performances, celebrating African American contributions to classical music.


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio
Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus   Bio
Eric Owens, bass-baritone   Bio
Vanguard Voices, chorus