Slatkin returned to his orchestra this weekend for the last time as music director, not knowing that they had prepared an extraordinary surprise.
Leonard blogs about it here.
I was overwhelmed. My entire being became inhabited with a spirit I did not know existed. More than joy, more than pride and more than admiration, I experienced a new understanding of this young man’s talent and the sincerity on display. Tears were rolling down my cheeks as the work progressed. Audience members were likewise moved by the piece and its personal significance. How was it possible that someone so new to the world of composition could produce a piece so authentic and moving?…
Find out who is was here.
And we have some video of Leonard’s last appearance before his operation. Good times in Detroit.