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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Conductor Leonard Slatkin to Work With Westfield High School Musicians

Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, will be at Westfield High School from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 27, to work with instrumental music students. Westfield High School is a Fairfax County public school.

Slatkin will work with the Westfield Wind Symphony to help the students prepare for the upcoming Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) Band Festival and Festival Disney 2007. They will work on “The March from ‘1941’,” music from “The Cowboys,” and “El Camino Real.” Other Westfield music students will have the opportunity to observe and listen to Slatkin during his visit.

In addition to his position with the National Symphony, Slatkin is principal guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He is founder and director of the National Conducting Institute and the winner of nine Grammy awards. As an advocate for arts education, he volunteers his time with youth orchestras in the U.S. and around the world.

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Note: For more information, contact Stephen Panoff at 703-488-6300 or stephen.panoff@fcps.edu