Celebrated American conductor Leonard Slatkin willl narrate the concert.Courtesy of MIC and DSPM

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Long time Evanston resident, Michael Henoch, founder of Dempster Street Pro Musica and Assistant Principal oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will present a concert “Notes from Hollywood” at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the Nichols Concert Hall 1490 Chicago Avenue. The concert will be performed by a combination of six musicians from Dempster Street Pro Musica and six members of the Chamber Society of Saint Louis.
 
Mr. Henoch said “Dempster Street Pro Musica is honored to be presenting “Notes from Hollywood” with the Music Insitute of Chicago. … Leonard Slatkin is one of the most celebrated American conductors and he has a fascinating story to tell about his early family life in Southern California. His parents were intimately involved with some of the most creative film and recording personalities of their time. The chamber music we will perform with our guests from The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis will compliment Mr. Slatkin’s narration in a very meaningful way.”

The concert will feature Mr. Slatkin as narrator, conductor, and pianist in a remembrance of Hollywood in respect to the movie music of the 1940-50s and the history of  his parents, violinist/conductor Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller. Both were leading musicians in the film and recording studios of the time and also the founders of the Hollywood String Quartet.

Mr. Slatkin grew up among movies composers such as Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone and Franz Waxman. Frank Sinatra was also a regular guest in the Slatkin home. The Hollywood String Quartet was known also for its promotion of 20th-century music and for its performances of classic repertory.

When playing or recording modern music the quartet often consulted with the composers to make sure they had an understanding of the music. The program will include chamber music by the above mentioned composers, plus Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copeland and John Williams. Vocalist Tom Heitman accompanied by string players in the original Hollywood String Quartet orchestrations, will perform several selections from Sinatra’s album, “Close to You.”

The concert is of special interest not only because of the unusual repertoire performed, but also for the personal narrative that Leonard Slatkin will share with the audience. Mr. Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, he serves as Music Director of the Orchestra National de Lyon (ONL), France, an appointment which began in 2011. It is one of the oldest and respected orchestras in France.
 
Prior to these appointments, Mr. Slatkin was the conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony from 1979 to 1996 and then the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 2008.

Tickets prices are $40/ adults; seniors, $30 and $15/students. Proceeds benefit The Solti Foundation U.S., which is chaired by Valerie Solti and provides mentoring and financial assistance to young American conductors.

The VIP ticket adds $60 to any ticket price and entitles the ticket-holder to attend a post-concert reception with Mr.  Slatkin and receive signed copy of his autobiography, “Conducting Business.” Additional information is available by calling 847-905-0875.