SLATKIN and his brother, FRED ZLOTKIN, performed "The Nutcracker" at
Lincoln Center this week.
Make that "The Nutcrackers," plural.
Mr. Slatkin, below, the music director of the National Symphony
Orchestra, was in Avery Fisher Hall as the guest conductor of the
New York Philharmonic, performing alongside WYNTON MARSALIS and his
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. (The two ensembles took turns,
performing the Tchaikovsky version and the Duke Ellington
Across the Lincoln Center Plaza at the New York State Theater,
Mr. Zlotkin was playing a longer version of the Tchaikovsky score.
He is the principal cellist with the New York City Ballet.
"We didn't really compare notes," Leonard Slatkin said. "I think
he's close to playing his 800th performance of it."
True, Mr. Zlotkin said: "I never use the music anymore. If I
looked at it, it would confuse me."
One other family factoid, from Mr. Zlotkin: "Our father recorded
it." That would be Felix Slatkin, who, among other things, was the
conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.
And for the record, it was not Mr. Slatkin's first performance
with Mr. Marsalis.
When the New Orleans Philharmonic needed a fourth trumpet player
during Mr. Slatkin's tenure in the 1970's, he said, "they would
bring in this 16-year-old kid."
"I would go, `Fourth trumpet, you're sharp here,' " Mr. Slatkin
recalled. "The orchestra was going, `Oh, no, he's telling Wynton
Marsalis he's sharp.' But I didn't know who he was."
A Supporting Voice
When the producers cannot get the soundtrack of their film made,
the leading man just has to get busy and make some calls.
That, at least, is how the producers of "I Am Sam" explain what
SEAN PENN did. "Sean called up his friend EDDIE VEDDER," said RICK
SOLOMON, who produced the film with MARSHALL HERSHKOVITZ and EDWARD
ZWICK. "He watched the film that afternoon. We had booked three days
in the studio. He said, `I can do this in two hours. I've been
singing the song since I was 14." One thing led to another, and soon
the likes of SARAH McLACHLAN, JACKSON BROWNE and SHERYL CROW were in
the studio, too.
In and Out of the Ring
The actor RON SILVER, below, gave a dinner at Le Cirque 2000 the
other night for a large group celebrating the movie "Ali." Among
those who joined him were his girlfriend, CATHERINE DE CASTELBAJAC,
and the film critic JOEL SIEGEL, who, it turns out, wrote the book
for the MARTIN CHARNIN musical "First," about Jackie Robinson. It
ran for 37 performances in 1981, Mr. Siegel said.
In "Ali," Mr. Silver has a supporting role as ANGELO DUNDEE.
What's the difference between playing a lawyer like ALAN M.
DERSHOWITZ in "Reversal of Fortune" and a boxing coach in "Ali"?
"The boxing coach is actually doing something useful," Mr. Silver
Up in the World
Some of the V.I.P.'s at the Women in Film and Television's
holiday lunch last week — specifically, MERYL POSTER, PHYLICIA
RASHAD and MARISA TOMEI — knew each other back when. Fifteen years
ago, Ms. Poster was the second woman ever hired for the mailroom at
the William Morris Agency. Her second job with the company was being
an assistant to Ms. Rashad's agent.
Now Ms. Poster is a co-president of production for Miramax. Her
name is in lights as one of the producers of "The Shipping News,"
the adaptation of the novel by ANNIE PROULX, which opens on
Christmas Day. And at the same time that Ms. Poster was collecting
an award from Women in Film and Television, Miramax's "In the
Bedroom" was sweeping the New York Film Critics Circle awards,
winning best first film, best actor (TOM WILKINSON) and best actress
Who presented the award to Ms. Poster? Ms. Tomei, who is also in
the cast of "In the Bedroom" and was a William Morris client when
Ms. Poster was a lowly assistant.
With Linda Lee