Leonard Slatkin extends contract with Detroit Symphony

Leonard Slatkin has signed on for two more years with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also "made adjustments in compensation and will contribute conducting and community weeks without pay," according to the press release.

Slatkin, former music director of the National Symphony, started his DSO tenure with a three-year contract in '08-'09; the new agreement keeps him on the podium through the '12-'13 season. In a statement released by the orchestra Friday, the conductor said:

"Over the course of my early tenure with the Detroit Symphony, I have come to love everything that this organization represents. We have great musicians, a great hall and a great team of hard working staff and board. It is vitally important that every component do as much as possible to insure the continuing excellence of the musical experience. The pleasure of making music for and with everyone is beyond description, and so I am more than pleased to extend my contract with the DSO."

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