Slatkin extends contract at Pittsburgh Symphony

Posted on: September 7, 2010

In Tuesday’s (9/7) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Druckenbrod reports, “The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play host to its principal guest conductor for three more years. Symphony officials will announce today that American maestro Leonard Slatkin, 66, has extended his contract with the orchestra through the 2013-14 season. ‘We have been fortunate to witness his commitment to American music and he provides an ideal complement to Music Director Manfred Honeck,’ said PSO President Lawrence Tamburri. … While Mr. Slatkin signed on as the PSO’s principal guest conductor in September 2008, his tenure with the orchestra stretches back several decades. He has made numerous guest conducting appearances at Heinz Hall, and served as music director of the PSO’s Great Woods Summer Residencies in Massachusetts from 1989 to 1991. He also led the group during a tour to Europe in 2006. … Mr. Slatkin, of Los Angeles, returns to conduct the PSO Oct. 21-24.” Slatkin is music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was recently named music director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, France, beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Posted September 7, 2010