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Leonard Slatkin and Detroit Symphony Orchestra nominated for Best Orchestral Performance GRAMMY Award

Naxos recording, conducted by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, includes Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and Three Latin American Sketches

Detroit, (Nov. 28, 2017) – Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) have been nominated for Best Orchestral Performance at the 2018 GRAMMY Awards. The orchestra's June 2017 recording of Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and Three Latin American Sketches will contend with albums by the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Producer Blanton Alspaugh was nominated for Producer of the Year, Classical, for his work on the DSO recording, among others.

The album, conducted by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, was released in June 2017 on the Naxos label. It includes Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and Three Latin American Sketches. Slatkin, currently celebrating his tenth season as DSO Music Director, is a champion of American composers, with a particular affinity for the music of Aaron Copland. The DSO performed Copland’s Symphony No. 3 in Japan and China during its summer 2017 Asia Tour.

About the Album

Copland: Symphony No. 3; Three Latin American Sketches

Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

Naxos | American Classics Series | Released June 2017

A. Symphony No. 3

  I. Molto moderato, with simple expression

  II. Allegro molto

  III. Andantino quasi allegretto

  IV. Molto deliberato (freely, at first)

B. Three Latin American Sketches

  No. 1. Estribillo

  No. 2. Paisaje Mexicano

  No. 3. Danza de Jalisco

Premiered in 1946, a year after the end of World War II, Copland’s iconic Third Symphony was described by the composer as “a wartime piece—or, more accurately, an end-of-war piece—intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.” The fourth movement, heard on this recording in its original uncut form, opens by quoting one of his most well-known pieces, Fanfare for the Common Man.

Copland described the Three Latin American Sketches “as being just what the title says. The tunes, the rhythms and the temperament of the pieces are folksy, while the orchestration is bright and snappy and the music sizzles along.”

This recording can be purchased in CD format or as a digital download, and it is also available on most streaming services.

Leonard Slatkin’s 10th Anniversary with the DSO

The 2017-18 Season marks Leonard Slatkin’s tenth and final year as Music Director of the DSO before transitioning to the new role of Music Director Laureate. Maestro Slatkin’s commitment to new music, reaching audiences in new ways, and the American orchestral tradition has had a transformational effect on the DSO.

During Slatkin’s tenure, the DSO has released acclaimed recordings, embarked on an historic tour of Japan and China, played Carnegie Hall, expanded its educational offerings, and strengthened community engagement. United under the banner of being the most accessible orchestra in the world, Slatkin and the DSO have taken on new and groundbreaking initiatives, including the free webcast series Live from Orchestra Hall, the annual Winter Music Festival, the Soundcard student ticket program, and the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series, which brings orchestra concerts to Detroit’s surrounding communities.

Throughout 2017-18, the DSO performs some of Slatkin’s favorite works, from Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony in week one to Puccini’s magnificent opera Turandot in concert to conclude the season. The orchestra is also proud to present six world premiere DSO commissions by young composers, conducted by Slatkin. All six are former students of some of Slatkin’s closest musical colleagues and collaborators. “I wanted to continue to champion American composers, but in a different way,” says Slatkin. “Introducing these fresh, new voices to the orchestra and audience will give us a glimpse into what America’s concert music scene will look and sound like years from now.”

About Leonard Slatkin

In 2017-18, internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin celebrates his tenth and final season as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) before transitioning to the new role of Music Director Laureate, and his first season in the new role of Directeur Musical Honoraire with the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL). He also welcomes the publication of 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. His guest-con­ducting schedule includes engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Polish National Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Recent career highlights include a three-week tour of Asia with the DSO; tours of the U.S. and Europe with the ONL; a winter Mozart Festival in Detroit; and engagements with the St. Louis Symphony, WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, Verdi Orchestra in Milan, and San Carlo Theatre Orchestra in Naples. Moreover, he served as chairman of the jury and conductor of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have garnered seven Grammy awards and 64 nominations. His recent Naxos recordings include works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Berlioz (with the ONL) and music by Copland, Rachmaninov, Borzova, McTee, and John Williams (with the DSO). In addition, he has recorded the complete Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky symphonies with the DSO (available online as digital downloads).

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, DC; London (with the BBCSO); and Lyon, France. He has also served as Principal Guest Conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland. For more information, visit leonardslatkin.com.

About the DSO

Hailed by The New York Times as “cutting edge,” the internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an ardent commitment to Detroit. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the DSO’s 12th Music Director, endowed by the Kresge Foundation, in 2008. Acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik serves as Principal Pops Conductor, while celebrated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the Detroit community, the DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, and Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with high profile artists from Steven Spielberg to Ben Folds and Lang Lang. In July 2017, the DSO embarked on its first international tour in 16 years, making its debut in China and first visit to Japan in 19 years. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast, and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


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