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Upon seeing the news of composer Ned Rorem's passing, I'm taken back to this inaugural podcast conversation with composer Daron Hagen whose first-hand insights about his mentor and friend remain illuminating and historically important: ... See MoreSee Less

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Upon seeing the news of composer Ned Rorems passing, Im taken back to this inaugural podcast conversation with composer Daron Hagen whose first-hand insights about his mentor and friend remain illuminating and historically important:

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Oh, no! I hadn't heard about Ned! So proud that he was a fellow Hoosier. Thank you for sharing this reminder about this podcast.

Two legendary champions of Barber's music at once!Our next EC Roundtable is OUT with the phenomenal JoAnn Falletta and Leonard Slatkin as our guests! We are so grateful that they were willing to give us so much of their valuable time and sage advice... Please join the EC team and our illustrious Maestri in a joyful and enlightening conversation where they discuss what they are most proud of over the course of their storied careers, considerations around programming, leadership on the podium, and the significance of being an American Music Director. We can't wait for you to hear it and tell us what you think! You can find it at the link below or search for "Everything Conducting Podcast Stream" on your favorite podcast platform. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago
Two legendary champions of Barbers music at once!

I didn’t have a chance to share this earlier. I saw it mentioned on Friday on Leonard Slatkin’s Facebook page. Sadly, the news remains the same. Slatkin’s younger brother, Frederick Zlotkin, has died at the age of 75. Zlotkin (who preferred the original spelling of the family name) was principal cellist of the New York City Ballet for fifty years. Like his parents, he also recorded for motion pictures and numerous contemporary artists – in his case, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, and Neil Young, among others.

Leonard and Frederick were products of an enviable music dynasty. Their father was the violinist Felix Slatkin (concert master of the 20th Century Fox Orchestra), who conducted and made recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Their mother was Eleanor Aller Slatkin (principal cellist at Warner Bros.), who played cello on the soundtracks to dozens of films, including “Deception” (1946) and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977). Both parents were founding members of the Hollywood String Quartet.

Here, from a documentary on Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Zlotkin and Leonard Slatkin discuss, rehearse, and perform Korngold’s Cello Concerto, the work introduced by their mother, who dubbed actor Paul Henreid’s “performance” in “Deception.”

I’ve cued it up to the 28-minute mark, but the entire documentary is worth watching. It includes lots of interesting info about the Slatkins.

My condolences to Leonard Slatkin and the rest of the Zlotkin/Slatkin family.
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3 months ago

Guess I should've paid more attention to the menu, now that we know who killed Bunny Folger in the season finale of Only Murders in the Building, when I toured Hulu's massive set reconstruction this weekend: it's all about that Liverwurst & Marmalade Sandwich, her dying words, the #14 Off-Menu Special...

The actual filming location seen throughout Season 2, is hallowed ground to me: I've eaten at the Mansion Restaurant (fictionalized as "The Pickle Diner") on the Upper East Side dozens of times with Barbara B. Heyman, connected with her apartment "in the building" where the Greek diner's owner also lives. It's where Samuel Barber: Absolute Beauty ultimately shaped up, over many hours of conversation and sleuthing, coffee and fries. ☕️🍟
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