Detroit Symphony’s Slatkin out for two weeks; replacement conductors announced

Posted on: November 12, 2009

In Wednesday’s (11/11) Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker reports, “Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin has canceled his appearances with the orchestra during the next two weeks on the advice of doctors following a heart attack he suffered on Nov. 1 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. ‘He’s back in America with his doctors and they’ve said, “Go rest and come back at the end of November and we’ll do a check-up,” ’ said Slatkin’s manager R. Douglas Sheldon. ‘We anticipate this will go smoothly and he’ll be back on the podium soon.’ After experiencing chest pains during a concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Slatkin, 65, was taken to a local hospital where he underwent an angioplasty and stent procedure to unblock a clogged artery. Slatkin received follow-up care in Miami. … Young American conductor Andrew Grams replaces Slatkin with the DSO on Nov. 19-21 for concerts featuring Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ and pianist Michel Camilo performing his own jazz-tinged Piano Concerto No. 1. The Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit will replace Slatkin for concerts on Nov. 27-29 that include music by Bach, Mozart, Hindemith and Ravel. Slatkin’s next scheduled concerts with the DSO are on Dec. 10-13 and are to include the world premiere performances of Wlad Marhulet’s Concerto for Klezmer Clarinet.”

Posted November 12, 2009