Friday, August 17 at 6:30 pm

Conductor Leonard Slatkin

Please join us on August 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. as we welcome internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin.  He will read from and discuss his new book, Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro (Applause Books; July 24, 2012; $27.99).


Conducting an orchestra is seen as well as heard, and it is also largely misunderstood.  Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France, sheds light on this most mysterious of professions in Conducting Business.  Drawing on his own experience on and off the podium, Slatkin brings us into the world of the baton, telling tales of some of the most fascinating figures in recent musical history, including Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Frank Sinatra. He takes readers to the world’s great concert halls, orchestras, and opera pits, as well as to soundstages in Hollywood.


Along the way, Slatkin recounts his controversial appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, his creation and direction of summer music festivals, and a shattering concert experience that took place four days after 9/11.  Life in the recording studio and on the road, as well as health issues confronting the conductor, provide an insider’s glimpse into the private world of these public figures.


Covering everything from learning how to read music to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear, and how to deal with the media, Conducting Business provides a unique look at a unique profession.


Listen to Leonard Slatkin talk about Conducting Business in a book trailer at


About the Author:

Leonard Slatkin has held positions that include directorships with orchestras in Washington, D.C.; St. Louis; Cleveland; Detroit; Pittsburgh; Los Angeles; and at the BBC.  He has been nominated for 60 Grammy Awards, winning 7.  His awards also include the National Medal for the Arts and honorary degrees from 12 universities.  He lives in Detroit.

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