CMSSL Announces 10th Anniversary Gala Event, “Notes From Hollywood – The Sequel”


We are pleased to present our 10th Anniversary Gala honoring Saint Louis icon Leonard Slatkin on May 21, 2018, in the Sheldon Concert Hall at 7pm.  The concert portion of the evening will reprise our 2013 and 2014 (Chicago) “Notes From Hollywood” performances of chamber music written by Hollywood film composers. In addition to the musical entertainment, Slatkin will share stories about the music and the composers, many of whom were regular visitors in the Slatkin home as he was growing up in Los Angeles.

CMSSL’s Executive and Artistic Director, Marc Gordon, is “very excited to honor St. Louis icon, Leonard Slatkin, for the accolades he has brought to our city, the Slatkin family history here and the high esteem in which he is held by St. Louisans.”

Maestro Slatkin’s connection to St. Louis has attracted much positive attention for the city, starting with his role as the St. Louis Symphony’s Music Director on their first European tour in 1982, which garnered rave reviews. Under his leadership, Time magazine proclaimed the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as one of the two best orchestras in America in 1983, and they were awarded their first Grammy Award in 1985. Leonard is also a big fan of St. Louis institutions such as the Cardinals, Ted Drewes and Fitz’s, all of which were represented at his farewell concert as the Symphony’s Music Director at Powell Hall in 1996.

Leonard’s ties to our city began with his father, Felix Slatkin, who was born in St. Louis and served as an Assistant Concertmaster in the St. Louis Symphony in the 1930s. He would later gain notoriety as Concertmaster for the 20th Century Fox studio orchestra in Hollywood, Frank Sinatra’s Concertmaster/Conductor and a co-founder of the Hollywood String Quartet.

Hosts for the gala include Honorary Chairman Noémi K. Neidorff, Co-Chairs Thomas R. and Carol J. Voss and Host Committee Co-Chairs Miran Halen and Mary Forsyth. VIP packages for the event will be available and include valet parking, pre-concert cocktails, preferred concert seating, a post-concert dinner by Butler’s Pantry, and a copy of Slatkin’s book “Leading Tones”. Tickets for the concert portion only of the event will also be available. Gala tickets go on sale later this year.