Slatkin gives the premiere of ARLINGTON SONS in Pittsburgh

Leonard Slatkin conducted the world premiere of Eyerly’s Arlington Sons with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh on three subscription performances (October 5, 6 and 7, 2012). Commissioned by Broadway and Metropolitan Opera star David Pittsinger, Arlington Sons is a unique 12-minute piece for baritone, boy soprano and orchestra. By turns moving and humorous, the work depicts a father and son visiting Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Arlington Sons was conceived specifically for the real-life father-son duo of David and Richard Pittsinger, and is believed to be the first vocal piece written for a father and son. Adding resonance to the themes of fatherhood, “sonhood” and patriotism, David’s own father was a guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Pittsburgh performances of Arlington Sons follow the work’s premiere in piano arrangement at a February gala for the Glimmerglass Festival in New York City, where Mssrs. Pittsinger were accompanied by Fred Lassen at the keyboard.

WFSB feature about the creation of Arlington Sons