My Meeting with Leonard Slatkin!
(9/15/2019)


Maestro Slatkin graciously shared over an hour of his time with me on the day after he conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra in their 2019 Opening Night Concert.

I enjoyed our conversation about music in general and specifically about the Felix Slatkin website.   Leonard also autographed my copies of his two books and two of his compact discs.



Here are a few of the things that I learned during our conversation:

TV and FILM APPEARANCES BY FELIX SLATKIN (and Eleanor Aller)
       (NOTE: If anyone has more information about these films, or knows of others not listed here, please email me!)

     - More Slatkin home movie footage is included in a BBC Four television program about the film music of Miklos Rozsa. 

     - The 20th Century Fox Orchestra was featured in a film short that was shown in theaters.

     - In another theatrical film short, Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor was performed by the orchestra and chorus.

     - In another theatrical film short, Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony was performed by the orchestra in period costume.

     - In the introductory section of the 1953 movie "How To Marry A Millionaire", Felix Slatkin is seen playing the violin.

     - The Hollywood String Quartet appeared in a special television program in the 1950's.

     - Felix and Eleanor were part of the orchestra for Danny Thomas' "Make Room For Daddy" TV program in the mid-Fifties.

     - Apparently no film exists of Felix Slatkin conducting an orchestra.


Although Felix and Eleanor were very familiar with the music of both Korngold and Delius, the Hollywood String Quartet did not perform any string quartets by those composers.

The Hollywood String Quartet did some radio broadcasts from the Los Angeles Museum of Art.    Transcription discs of those broadcasts may exist.   If you have any information on those recordings, please email me.

Leonard's wife Cindy McTee is working on transcribing some of Felix Slatkin's orchestral arrangements so that the scores can be performed in concert.

Leonard Slatkin and the Slatkin family will be featured in an "MSM Icons" concert at the Manhattan School of Music on October 18, 2019.   Concert and ticket information
     The performers will include Leonard Slatkin, Fred Zlotkin, Daniel Slatkin, Cindy McTee, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, and Alec Baldwin (as narrator for "The Raven")


Reviews of the Houston Symphony Orchestra concert conducted by Maestro Slatkin on 9/14/2019:

   Texas Classical Review

   Houston Chronicle



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