Maestro gets a pat on the butt from baseball hero

Maestro gets a pat on the butt from baseball hero


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2017

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers stepped up to open the Detroit Symphony’s Mozart season.

Then he got familiar with the music director, Leonard Slatkin.

Watch here.


  • Mark Mortimer says:

    I’ve great admiration for Slatkin’s conducting ability. Frequently inspired on a good night. Best Tchaikovsky Pathetique I ever heard with him & the Philharmonia some years ago.

    But he’s not renowned for his sense of humour (just ask the BBC Symphony) so its good to see him letting his hair down & taking it like a man.

    • M2N2K says:

      After having worked with him on many occasions for over three decades, my opinion of him as a conductor is still the same: knowledgeable and competent, but rarely inspired and even rarer if ever inspiring. However, he has always been and remains a good storyteller with a fine sense of humor.

  • Patrick says:

    I thought he was conducting Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony!

  • John Borstlap says:

    I try to imagine how such gesture would have gone down with Herbert von Karajan.

  • Barbara says:

    Wasn’t allowed to see it in my country.

  • PhilOrchFan says:

    As a baseball fan I love this.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    I couldn’t see this in the U.S.