Leonard Slatkin's “Notes from Hollywood” Concert with Dempster St. Pro Musica Celebrates Famous Film Scores at Music Institute of Chicago

By Louise Burton l.burton@classicalite.com | Apr 18, 2014 07:09 PM EDT

While he is in town leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this weekend, Leonard Slatkin will also host an intriguing concert of movie music from Hollywood's golden age at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.

The Music Institute of Chicago and Dempster St. Pro Musica will present "Notes from Hollywood," a concert exploring Slatkin's ties to the great Hollywood film composers, on Sunday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Slatkin serves as narrator, conductor and pianist for this event, which also honors the memory of his parents, violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller. They were leading film and recording musicians of Hollywood's golden age and founders of the Hollywood String Quartet.

Slatkin will lead a chamber ensemble comprising members of Dempster St. Pro Musica and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis. Together, they will perform music of Miklos Rozsa, Erich Korngold, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Franz Waxman, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

To acknowledge the close friendship between the Slatkins and Frank Sinatra, vocalist Tom Heitman will perform selections from Sinatra's groundbreaking album Close to You, accompanied by string players using the original Hollywood Quartet orchestrations.

The Dempster St. Pro Musica was founded by CSO Assistant Principal Oboist Michael Henoch. Many of its members also play with the CSO or other outstanding orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Solti Foundation U.S., which mentors and provides financial assistance to young American conductors. More information about "Notes from Hollywood" is available at musicinst.org.

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