MIC’s NOTES FROM HOLLYWOOD Review – Hooray for Leonard Slatkin!

Notes from Hollywood,” a charming musical marriage of the Music Institute of Chicago and Dempster St. Pro Musica, lovingly paid tribute to Hollywood movie music of the 1940s and ’50s Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall,1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. And we, the spellbound audience were delighted to be invited.

Leonard Slatkin, Host

Our host, Leonard Slatkin, raconteur extraordinaire, wore three hats: narrator, conductor, and pianist for this event. With ease, gossipy insider information and cherished memories, he honored the memory of his parents, violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, their friend, Frank Sinatra and the great film composers of the golden age of Hollywood.

With poise,wit and grace, Slatkin lead the Dempster St. Pro Musica (most also members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, who performed work by Erich Korngold, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein—the list goes on...

Leonard Slatkin, Conductor


Vocalist Tom Heitman’s velvet voice--performing Sinatra’s groundbreaking album Close to You—was accompanied by string players using the original Hollywood Quartet orchestrations. Their rendition brought you back even if you weren’t there the first time around. Talk about capturing an era!

Sinatra being Sinatra

Founded by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Oboist Michael Henoch, Dempster St. Pro Musica is a chamber music organization established to bring concerts of high quality and interest to the diverse population of Evanston.

Dempster St. Pro Musica was established to present concerts in residence at SPACE (Society for the Preservation of Art and Culture in Evanston), one of the hottest live music venues in Evanston.  Housed in a 100 year-old commercial building, SPACE shares the structure with a trendy restaurant, Union Pizzeria that Chicago Magazine describes as “the one everyone was waiting for.” For more information, go to: SPACE website

Musicians performing with Dempster St. Pro Musica are associated with many other outstanding chamber music ensembles locally and nationally and often are members of the Chicago Symphony as well as other world-class orchestras.

This Fall,
Dempster St. Pro Musica will perform with Ars Viva in a 5-concert series. For more information, visit the Dempster St. Pro Musica website

Leonard Slatkin serves as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. He previously served as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.

Slatkin’s more than 100 recordings have won seven Grammy awards and earned 64 nominations. He received the U.S.’s prestigious National Medal of Arts and France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Founder and director of the National Conducting Institute and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, Slatkin continues to conduct and teach at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Juilliard School.

MIC Nichols Hall

The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, its mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation.

Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience.

The Music Institute opened a new location this fall at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center in downtown Chicago. Other Music Institute locations include Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove.

In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program.

The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, creative arts therapy, and concerts through its Community School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts, and Nichols Concert Hall.

For more information: Music Institute website



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