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Ann Delisi's Essential Interview with Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Leonard Slatkin

October 18, 2014


"I loved radio. I always loved radio. I used to fall asleep with the radio on."




"You actually know my parents. You may not know them by name but you know them by sound because my father was the concertmaster of the orchestra at 20th Century Fox, my mother was the first cellist at Warner's, and her brother was the pianist at Warner's. Any films from the late 30s to about the late 1958-59, if you heard a solo from any of those instruments, from those studios... that's my family." - Leonard Slatkin


Ann Delisi sits down with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Leonard Slatkin for an in-depth conversation in honor of his 70th birthday. They talk about his first time conducting, growing up in a house full of music, and his early career in radio. An internationally renowned conductor, Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008.

This feature is an edited version of an in-depth interview recorded in front of a live audience at the WDET studios on October 3, 2014.

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