Slatkin to Advise That Other NSO
Conductor Leonard Slatkin, whose tenure as the National Symphony Orchestra's music director will end at the close of the 2007-08 season, has added another part-time position to his duties. Effective immediately, Slatkin will become music adviser to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. His three-year contract will begin Sept. 9, when he conducts the opening gala for the new $120 million Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
Slatkin, 61, is also principal guest conductor for both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for its Hollywood Bowl summer series. It is unclear whether he will take another full-time music directorship when he leaves the NSO, although he was widely considered to be in pursuit of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before the team of Bernard Haitink and Pierre Boulez were given interim directorship.
Slatkin is currently in Europe on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra through Aug. 30, replacing Sir Andrew Davis, who had to drop out for health reasons.
The Nashville appointment will allow Slatkin to do something he hasn't been able to do for years: make recordings. He will conduct up to five albums of American music for the Naxos label, including John Corigliano's "Dylan Thomas Trilogy," which received its premiere in Washington.
In Nashville, Slatkin will conduct two weeks of programs a year as well as one of the symphony's summer festival concerts. Financial details have not been disclosed.
-- Tim Page