Our good friend Leonard Slatkin is 75 today.
He spans three eras of American music – the years when Hollywood depended on orchestras, the decades when going to hear an orchestra was a mark of a civilised person, and our present confusion when no-one is entirely sure what an orchestra signifies.
But Leonard just carries on making good music, great music, with orchestras that keep on getting better and better.
We hear he’s throwing first pitch at the Cardinals today.
Happy birthday, Leonard!