Leonard Slatkin

Highly regarded conductor will sign copies of his new book.

When: Thursday, July 11, 2013, 7 p.m.

Where: Chaucer's Books, 3321 State St., Santa Barbara

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures & Workshops: Book Signings, Lectures


One of the world's most highly regarded conductors, Slatkin--music director and conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon and principal guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra--opens a door into the private world of maestros. This is a collection of Slatkin's personal thoughts; it resembles a freewheeling, idiosyncratic journal. Even though there are nominally three parts, the book is not bound by an overarching structure. It is a collection: part autobiography, part tips for aspiring conductors, part conducting text, and part charming anecdotes. The reader who wants to learn more about the life of a jet-setting conductor will find much to savor. The prose is conversational, not academic. There are no footnotes or scholarly index. One sees only from Slatkin's point of view. But Slatkin honestly discusses his career accomplishments at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, and BBC Orchestra. He also tells the reader much about his personality and character and his dedication to teaching, at the National Conducting Institute and at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. The book is not meant for academic collections, but it is a unique and an intimate portrait and a revealing behind-the-scenes look at classical music.

Phone: 805-682-6787

Event posted June 17, 2013
Last updated June 17, 2013


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