It was the summer of 2007. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra was courting (and being courted by) potential music directors to fill the post vacated after 15 years by Neeme Jarvi. Following a powerfully effective subscription concert in Orchestra Hall, the DSO and maestro Leonard Slatkin were clearly smitten. A "second date" was being eagerly arranged at the Meadowbrook Music Festival to test drive some more repertoire and make sure the sparks that flew earlier in Orchestra Hall weren't a fluke.
Now a year later, the contracts have been written, the papers signed, and Leonard Slatkin, officially the new music director of the Detroit Symphony, is returning to Meadowbrook this weekend for another pair of concerts with his new musical bride.
He's also returning to the broadcast version of The Well-Tempered Wireless this Friday morning, August 1st in the 10am hour (EDT) to talk about all this. Hear it live in the Detroit area on WRCJ, 90.9 FM or worldwide via the web at www.wrcjfm.org.
Wonder if anyone ever calls him Lenny?
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