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Leonard Slatkin’s Brother Will Guest with the DSO This Weekend

Ah, the threads that tie generations together. This is so neat and compact, it’s like a Russian nesting doll. Follow: Leonard Slatkin is the conductor and musical director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; his brother, Frederick Zlotkin, is an eminent cellist; their mother, Eleanor Aller, was also a preeminent cellist and founded the Hollywood String Quartet with their father, Felix Slatkin, who was Sinatra’s concertmaster in the ’50s and did all manner of other notable musical things which you can feel free to Wiki. This is a musical family, here, and the Korngold Cello Concerto, which Slatkin will conduct his brother in this weekend, has particular resonance for the pair; Zlotkin was, in fact, in utero when his mother played it for the soundtrack of the 1946 Bette Davis film Deception. The show of familial fidelity, and fine musicianship, begins tonight at 7:30 at Orchestra Hall. (FULL ARTICLE: Lawrence B. Johnson, Detroit News)