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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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  • Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk makes BSO debut

    Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk makes BSO debut
    On Friday night, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s gave, note for note, one of the most thoroughly absorbing and emotionally powerful performances of an all-Russian program since the glory days of all-Russian programs with former music director Yuri Temirkanov.
  • Organist Felix Hell showcased in Baltimore Symphony's French program

    Organist Felix Hell showcased in Baltimore Symphony's French program
    When Meyerhoff Symphony Hall was built back in the early 1980s, there was space for a proper pipe organ to be installed, which would have made the facility even more valuable. Too bad there wasn’t any money. Since then, the Baltimore Symphony...

    Baltimore Symphony announces 2013-14 season

    Baltimore Symphony announces 2013-14 season
    There’s a light and dark theme running through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season, which includes works dealing with great loss, as well as great compassion. “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a world war or a...

    The Baltimore Symphony delivers vivid Wagner program

    The Baltimore Symphony delivers vivid Wagner program
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra chose some of Richard Wagner’s most radiant and involving music for a program this weekend to mark the composer’s bicentennial year. The results were pretty radiant, too, Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony...

    A genius and an anti-Semite, Wagner

    A genius and an anti-Semite, Wagner
    It takes little effort to find severe problems with the character of Richard Wagner, the man who was born two centuries ago and, as he was the first to acknowledge, became one of history's greatest composers. It's much harder to dismiss his music, which...