*Autographed* Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro


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Author: Leonard Slatkin
Principal Guest Conductor, PSO

Conducting an orchestra is something that is seen as well as heard, but it is quite misunderstood. People may wonder, “What does a conductor actually do for a living?” this most mysterious of jobs is vividly brought to life in Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro.

Drawing on his own experiences on and off the podium, Leonard Slatkin brings us into the world of the baton. He tells stories about some of the most fascinating people in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams. He takes the reader to soundstages in Hollywood as well as great concert halls and opera pits around the globe.

Slatkin recounts his controversial appearance at the Metropolitan Opera, his creation and direction of summer music festivals, and a shattering concert experience that took place four days after 9/11. Discussions of work in the recording studio, life on the road, and health issues confronting the conductor provide an insider’s glimpse into the private world of public figures.

Covering everything from reading scores to standing in front of an orchestra for the first time, what to wear and how to deal with the press, Conducting Business is a unique look at a unique profession. It will intrigue and delight aspiring maestros and music lovers alike.

LEONARD SLATKIN is currently the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre national de Lyon. Past positions have included directorships in Saint Louis and Washington DC and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has had titled posts with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Cleveland. Slatkin has been nominated for sixty Grammy Awards and has won seven. Other awards include the National Medal of the Arts, Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and honorary degrees from twelve universities.