Detroit Symphony’s Slatkin on the mend after heart surgery

Posted on: November 4, 2009

In Wednesday’s (11/4) Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker reports, “Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin is resting in a hospital in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, after undergoing an angioplasty and stent procedure on Sunday to unblock a clogged artery following a heart attack. … Slatkin, 65, said he had experienced chest pains during the week before a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic but dismissed them as indigestion. … Slatkin, who will remain in the hospital until the end of the week, has canceled scheduled appearances in Prague this week and with the Pittsburgh Symphony next week. Slatkin is scheduled to conduct the DSO in performances on Nov. 19-21 and 27-29. Elizabeth Twork, DSO director of public relations, said there are no plans for him to withdraw from his Detroit concerts, but the orchestra was also making contingency plans with other conductors just in case Slatkin is unable to perform. … Slatkin’s manager, R. Douglas Sheldon, who spoke to Slatkin on Monday, said that the conductor was in high spirits and doctors had told him that his prognosis was excellent.”

Posted November 4, 2009