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Leonard Slatkin To Receive Honorary Doctorate Of Fine Arts From Michigan State University

DETROIT, (Dec. 6, 2010) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Music Director Leonard Slatkin will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Michigan State University (MSU) during the university’s December commencement ceremonies, held Sat., Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Slatkin holds a deep commitment to the advancement of arts education among audiences of all ages, which is exemplified by his numerous activities within the MSU musical community. In 2009, he conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performances of Alla Borzova’s Songs For Lada with the MSU Community Music School’s Children’s Choir at Orchestra Hall. Additionally, Slatkin initiated a collaboration with the MSU College of Music as well as the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance for students to present pre-concert performances thematically linked to DSO subscription concerts, allowing advanced performance majors an opportunity to perform in a world-class facility before new audiences. Slatkin has also hosted new music readings, in which the DSO has performed and Slatkin has critiqued pieces by MSU composition students. The MSU Community Music School Children’s Choir, also under Slatkin’s baton, shared their voices on the Grammy Award-winning 2005 recording of Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Bolcom on the Naxos label. READ MORE

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