Slatkin extends contract with PSO 3 years


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The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will play host to its principal guest conductor for three more years.

Symphony officials will announce today that American maestro Leonard Slatkin, 66, has extended his contract with the orchestra through the 2013-14 season.

"We have been fortunate to witness his commitment to American music and he provides an ideal complement to Music Director Manfred Honeck," said PSO President Lawrence Tamburri.

"Leonard Slatkin's passion for music is evident every time he conducts and it is clear that our orchestra and audiences have enjoyed every appearance he has made with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra," Mr. Honeck said.

While Mr. Slatkin signed on as the PSO's principal guest conductor in September 2008, his tenure with the orchestra stretches back several decades.

He has made numerous guest conducting appearances at Heinz Hall, and served as music director of the PSO's Great Woods Summer Residencies in Massachusetts from 1989 to 1991. He also led the group during a tour to Europe in 2006.

"Over the years, the orchestra and I have grown very close, so I am thrilled to continue this fruitful collaboration," said Mr. Slatkin, who will remain music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and music director designate of the Orchestre National de Lyon, beginning with the 2011-12 season.

Mr. Slatkin, of Los Angeles, returns to conduct the PSO Oct. 21-24.


Andrew Druckenbrod: adruckenbrod@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1750. Blog: Classical Musings at post-gazette.com/music.


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