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Leonard Slatkin is traditional and bracing at Hollywood Bowl
Leonard Slatkin is traditional and bracing at Hollywood Bowl

Having served as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl a decade ago, Leonard Slatkin knows a little something about the difficulty of trying to move a 2,000-pound gorilla. He had hoped to enliven the L.A. Phil's summer programming with new and unusual music. He did manage to nudge the L.A. Phil in a venturesome repertory direction, although he never initiated his plan for novel star-spangled arrangements by contemporary composers of the national anthem, which is traditionally played before every orchestra concert. Limited rehearsals and the need to draw large crowds remained — and remain — necessary economic priorities. Tuesday...

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