- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s music director plans to take a newly created position as music director laureate for at least two years after the 2017-2018 season.

Leonard Slatkin discussed his plans in interviews with the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News that were published Thursday. The 71-year-old says he’s “very proud of what everybody has done” and it’s “exactly the right time to think about turning it over.”

As music director laureate, Slatkin will plan and conduct four weeks of concerts each classical season, as well as continue to advise on artistic and personnel matters.

Slatkin has been music director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2008. The DSO says a search for a new music director will begin next year.

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