2003-07-10 22:08:02 UTC
By Lloyd Grove
Thursday, July 10, 2003
Washington's world-famous hometown conductor, Leonard Slatkin, is receiving
some very unwelcome attention in London for some R-rated e-mails he
exchanged with famed virtuoso deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie.
A recent article in the Mail on Sunday tabloid, based on information
provided by Glennie's aggrieved ex-husband Greg Malcangi, claimed that in
1999 the married Slatkin carried on a "passionate affair" with Glennie,
resulting in her split from Malcangi, her husband of nine years. At the
time, Slatkin was conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra as well as music
director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
The article quoted Malcangi: "Evelyn had just returned from one of her trips
and it was customary for me to sort out the files on her computer because
she was a complete technophobe. She had stupidly forgotten to delete them. I
was numb with shock. One email said, 'The thought of my modem inside your
laptop turns my mainframe on.' It was pretty tacky." The article goes on to
quote Slatkin's e-mail to Glennie: "Will we have to be on line to make love?
I'll nibble on your bits and byte." Glennie's reply: "I need your special
touch all over me." We'll discreetly draw a veil over the rest.
An NSO spokeswoman yesterday declined to comment, and Slatkin was out of the
country and apparently unreachable. But soprano Linda Hohenfeld, his wife of
18 years, had plenty to tell us. She said she was aware of the suggestive
e-mails before the Mail on Sunday printed them. "In fact they took place
back in the 20th century," she said, adding that "there was never any
affair." She added: "Don't people flirt on their computers? I know they
flirt at cocktail parties."
Hohenfeld said: "My interpretation is that it's a load of garbage. I'm
surprised that The Washington Post considers a few months of rather juvenile
correspondence to be of general interest. As gossip goes, this is nothing."
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