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Marin Alsop

In 2005, Marin Alsop made history when she became the first woman to be named music director of a major U.S. orchestra. Alsop was appointed as the successor to Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov as director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Her inaugural season began in 2007, though she served as interim director the previous year. The announcement came at a time of resentment among musicians toward the BSO management, and the players balked at the method of choosing Alsop. However, once Alsop came on board and several managers departed, morale improved. Alsop is credited with introducing more modern music to the BSO's repertoire and embracing technology. Under Alsop, the BSO released a li... Show more »
In 2005, Marin Alsop made history when she became the first woman to be named music director of a major U.S. orchestra. Alsop was appointed as the successor to Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov as director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Her inaugural season began in 2007, though she served as interim director the previous year. The announcement came at a time of resentment among musicians toward the BSO management, and the players balked at the method of choosing Alsop. However, once Alsop came on board and several managers departed, morale improved. Alsop is credited with introducing more modern music to the BSO's repertoire and embracing technology. Under Alsop, the BSO released a live performance of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" on iTunes, and her debut was broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio. The orchestra also had its first commercial recording in eight years, a performance of John Corigliano's "Red Violin Concerto" with Joshua Bell. Alsop brings to the BSO a wealth of experience. She founded her own orchestra when she couldn't get into Julliard's conducting program. She studied with Leonard Bernstein and became music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, she was the first woman to be named principal conductor of a major British orchestra. In 2005, she was one of the recipients of the MacArthur genius grant, an award of $500,000 that recognizes "creativity, originality and potential." « Show less

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  • The Night Before Christmas video

     
    OK, I paused laughing over this long enough to share it with you. It's so dumb it's brilliant. Here's a list of participants: ......
  • Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown -- vote for Sanjaya

     
    Among the thirty-two celebrities bracketed in this year's Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown are four with relevance to this blog. In the first round, Bryan Voltaggio is competing with Marin Alsop, Timothy Dean has drawn Laura Lippman, Cindy Wolf takes on...

    Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown -- which chefs will make it through?

     
    The first round of voting in the Sun's annual Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown wraps up today. Timothy Dean is trailing badly behind Laura Lippman and Bryan Voltaggio is taking a beating from Marin Alsop. But Duff Goldman is maintaining a comfortable-...

    The elite eight -- Wolf squares off against Alsop

     
    Eight remain in the the Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown. Gary Williams is competing against Joe Flacco, John Waters and Michael Phelps are vying for a semi-final berth, and John Astin is vying with Ray Lewis.One pairing matters to us. James Beard...

    Cindy Wolf among the four Baltimore celebrities in final Smackdown round

     
    Charleston executive chef Cindy Wolf has reached the final round of four in the Baltimore Celebrity Smackdown. She nicked Markakis in the first round, benched Cal Ripken in the second round, and broke Marin Alsop's baton in the semi-finals. Now,...