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56, Music director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop's nearly 25-year conducting career has frequently been accompanied by the sound of breaking glass -- as in ceilings. She has made inroads in the male-dominated field, notably when she started her Baltimore tenure in 2007, the first female music director of a major U.S. orchestra. She has won plaudits for expanded programming and innovative projects. Sidelined for a month this summer after injuring her wrist, Alsop will be back to smashing glass ceilings Sept. 7, when she becomes the first woman to conduct the popular "Last Night of the Proms" at London's Royal Albert Hall. Alsop said she's "an honorary Brit at heart."
-- Tim Smith