DSO announces conductors for three concerts

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

With Detroit Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin, 73, recovering nicely from his unexpected May 8 heart bypass, the symphony has announced conductors for the last three classical-series concerts Slatkin had to forgo.

Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director, will conduct the May 25-27 program headlined by the Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

The May 31-June 2 program featuring Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will be conducted by Robert Spano, music director at the Atlanta Symphony.

On June 8 and June 10, Jader Bignamini, whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Bavarian State Opera, will lead the concert performance of Puccini’s opera, “Turandot.”

The June 10 concert was always supposed to be Slatkin's last as music director, after which he will move into a new position as DSO music director laureate.

Slatkin, who joined the DSO in 2008, will both open and close the coming season, as well as conduct a three-week American Festival in February.

The DSO has appointed a search committee to find his replacement.