Slatkin will be part of next year's Chamber Music Society season
Five subscription concerts will be offered, starting in October with "Baroque is Back." Leonard Slatkin's concert will feature the conductor at the piano playing Hollywood movie music of his parents' generation.
A concert with Leonard Slatkin at the piano playing Hollywood movie music loved by his parents and a concert of Baroque music led by Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan will highlight the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis just-announced 2012-13 season.
The society will offer five subscription concerts, which is one more than the current season.
Concerts are presented in the cabaret atmosphere of Sheldon Ballroom on the third floor of the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center.
McGegan returns to the society series as harpsichordist for an Oct. 16 concert of baroque music. Slatkin, now music director of the Detroit Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conductor laureate, will be the pianist and narrator Jan. 14 in a program of Hollywood film composers.
Slatkin grew up near Hollywood where his St. Louis native father, violinist/conductor Felix Slatkin and his mother, cellist Eleanor Aller, founded a Hollywood chamber orchestra. Music reflecting the elder Slatkin's friendship with Frank Sinatra will be performed at the concert with singer Tom Heitman, a Sinatra Songbook specialist.
"Every one of our concerts has been performed to a full house" this season, Marc Gordon, the society's executive and artistic director said. "With that in mind we have added one more concert to the subscription series going from four to five."
Next season will also include the society's non-subscription late spring "Hardcore Classics" concert on May 14, 2013.
With cabaret seating, audience members can purchase beverages and snacks to eat during the concert. To purchase tickets or for information on the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, please visit www.chambermusicstl.org or call 314-941-6309.
Remaining concerts in the 2011-12 series are "April In Paris" at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and the Hardcore Classics at 7:30 p.m. May 15.