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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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  • Celebrate the symphony at BSO's gala fundraiser

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Celebration Gala fundraiser Sat., Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The event will offer patrons an evening of entertainment and fine dining and a concert (at 8:30 p.m.)...
  • BSO salutes legacy of Harriet Tubman with new composition

    BSO salutes legacy of Harriet Tubman with new composition
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is all about brand-new this month. Two weeks after premiering David T. Little's Baltimore-inspired "Charm," the BSO is set to premiere another commissioned work — "Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan," by James...
  • BSO premieres vibrant work about Harriet Tubman

    In addition to such things as new recording contracts and a nationally recognized education program, Marin Alsop's influence as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra can be seen in the programming each season. She typically weaves...
  • Peering into the troubled mind of Robert Schumann

    Peering into the troubled mind of Robert Schumann
    Robert Schumann heard so much music in his head, he felt compelled to compose. "I cannot help it," he wrote to his wife, Clara, "and should like to sing myself to death, like a nightingale." When he died at the age of 46 in an asylum, the only sounds he...
  • Taking an Ax to a Brahms piano concerto

    Taking an Ax to a Brahms piano concerto
    Some musicians develop firm ideas about how to play a particular piece and stick to them no matter what. Others keep their options wide open. Emanuel Ax is one of the latter, which helps explain why this Polish-born pianist has been a major force in the...
  • BSO review: A mix of high spirits, high drama

    BSO review: A mix of high spirits, high drama
    The penultimate program of the Baltimore Symphony's season balances feel-good orchestral pieces by Osvaldo Golijov and Benjamin Britten against a piano concerto by Johannes Brahms packed with darkly emotional drama. It makes for an engrossing combination....
  • Phyllis Teather-Burke, educator

    Phyllis Teather-Burke, educator
    Phyllis Teather-Burke, a longtime Baltimore County public school educator whose specialty was early-childhood education, died Wednesday of cancer at her Glen Arm home. She was 77. "She was an outstanding educator who had a deep commitment to children,"...
  • Even without music, Alsop and the BSO strive to hit high notes

    Even without music, Alsop and the BSO strive to hit high notes
    Marin Alsop is well known as the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, but this weekend she will be conducting a different sort of production. Alsop will lead the three-day Women of the World-Baltimore Festival gathering that is expected to...
  • Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday

    Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Thursday
    WEATHER Today's forecast calls for early fog before it becomes sunny. The high temperature will be in the lower 60s. Low temperatures will be in the mid-30s tonight. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute....
  • Women of the World fest draws 1,700 to Meyerhoff

    The first Women of the World-Baltimore Festival drew about 1,700 people to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall during the three-day run that ended Sunday. An additional 1,000 patrons attended a concert Saturday night featuring singer Mary Chapin Carpenter and...
  • Baltimore Symphony prepares for West Coast tour

    Baltimore Symphony prepares for West Coast tour
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be jetting to the West Coast this week for a six-day, three-city tour — its first extended outing since Marin Alsop was named music director five years ago. The tour, which begins Wednesday, opens with a...
  • Peabody composer wins Pulitzer Prize in music

    Peabody composer wins Pulitzer Prize in music
    Kevin Puts, a composer who teaches at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, won the Pulitzer Prize in music Monday for his first opera. Puts, a member of the Peabody faculty since 2006, was honored for "Silent Night," a two-act work commissioned by the...