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Leonard Slatkin at WFMT


WFMT Guest Host, Tuesday, April 15, 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

It’s difficult to keep up with conductor Leonard Slatkin. He is currently music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Orchestre National de Lyon. He’s made 7 Grammy Award-winning recordings, with 64 nominations. This week he is a guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.



With so much going on, how does one find time to talk about the distant past? That has been the nature of his chat with Kerry Frumkin, who sat down with his Guest Host, Mr. Leonard Slatkin, on Tuesday afternoon. Slatkin grew up in a Hollywood household. Both his parents were soloists for major studios. Young Leonard scampered around the heals of Erich Korngold, Jascha Heifetz, Bernard Herman, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky etc. Slatkin’s parents made up half the Hollywood String Quartet, and it’s their recordings and their story which he has shared with WFMT today.

Leonard Slatkin is conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through Saturday, April 19.




Felix Slatkin: Devil’s Dream
Felix Slatkin with orchestra

Brahms: Hungarian Dance
Felix Slatkin, v; Army Air Force Orchestra

Prokofiev: Quartet No.2, finale
Hollywood String Quartet

Gould: Guaracha and Conga from Latin American Symphonette
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/Felix Slatkin

Sinatra: Close to You
Hollywood String Quartet

Brahms: Serenade No.1, Rondo
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin

Grainger: Danny Boy
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin

Vaughan Williams: Toccata from Symphony No.8
Philharmonia Orchestra/Slatkin

Bruch: Finale from Scottish Fantasy
Cho-Liang Lin, v; Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin

Michael Camilo: Suite for piano and strings, 1st movement
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin

Ravel: Ondine
National Orchestra of Lyon/Slatkin

McTee: Circuits
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin

  • Marvin Fletcher

    Really interesting discussion and history of Mr Slatkin’s family and musical adventures. Great music. Thank you both for this program. A pleasure to listen to.

  • Spencer Cortwright

    Slatkin is one of the best around at knowing the classics as well as a great number of works listeners didn’t know they’d enjoy so much! Just as impressive is his dedication to interaction with the public.