Celebrated conductor to receive honorary degree

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts on March 14.

Slatkin's visit to BGSU takes place under the auspices of the Conductors Guild's Conductor Training Workshop, to be held on campus from March 14-17.

The degree conferral ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 14 in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. A rehearsal of the Bowling Green Philharmonia, conducted by Maestro Slatkin, will immediately follow. Both the ceremony and the rehearsal are free and open to the public.

Celebrated around the world for his imaginative programming and outstanding interpretations of the standard and contemporary symphonic repertoire, Slatkin has appeared with virtually every major international orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra and Boston Symphony.

He brought prominence to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as its music director for more than 25 years. During that period, the orchestra garnered numerous Grammy Awards and nominations, an exclusive recording contract with RCA Red Seal Records, and national and international touring acclaim.

For the past 10 years, his dynamic leadership of the National Symphony Orchestra has enriched the cultural life of the nation's capital.  

Slatkin is also admired for training, encouraging and nurturing young conductors through his involvement with the National Conducting Institute and the Conductors Guild, and for guest appearances with student and youth orchestras across the United States and abroad.

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(Posted March 06, 2007 )