Leonard Slatkin items up for auction

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

Fancy a viola once owned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Leonard Slatkin? Here's your chance.

The longtime DSO music director, now transitioning into his new role as music director laureate, has put 156 personal possessions up for auction to benefit WHOO U R Upscale Resale for a Cause in Rochester.

Various pieces of contemporary furniture are among the items, including an Italian-made credenza and dining-room set from Excelsior Designs.

Also up for bid is a framed watercolor painting by Colombian "cloud artist" Carlos Nariño, a custom Bouclé sofa from Sherwood Studios, and a Nambé silver-tone plate presented to Slatkin in honor of his 2010 Santa Fe Opera debut of "Life is a Dream."

But for music lovers, clearly the most-intriguing object would be the viola.

"It was presented to Mr. Slatkin by musicians at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1996," said Lonna Harlow, president and founder of WHOO U R, when Slatkin became music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. 

Various St. Louis musicians signed the viola's body in gold ink, including, among others, the orchestra's principal trumpet and clarinet. 

Slatkin and his wife, the composer Cindy McTee, moved in late June from Detroit to St. Louis. Slatkin will continue to conduct the DSO as music director laureate, albeit on a reduced schedule. 

The online auction is being handled by Everything But The House, which specializes in second-hand goods and estate sales. WHOO U R will donate proceeds to qualified charities helping those battling life-threatening diseases. 

Bidding is open until 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

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Leonard Slatkin online auction

Now until 7:45 p.m. Thurs. (Aug. 30)

Benefiting WHOO U R Upscale Resale for a Cause in Rochester 

To bid: visit ebth.com, and search for "Slatkin"