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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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  • Blockbusters from the BSO

    It is possible to quibble with the idea of cramming three blockbuster works into a single program, but the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra carries it off. Ravel's "Bolero," that brilliant study in rhythmic and melodic reiteration, not to mention crescendo,...
  • No excuse for a cell phone in the symphony

    In "Learning to live with the ringing" (Jan. 22), Tim Smith quotes Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director Marin Alsop as saying, "No one does these things [allows cell phones to ring during performances] intentionally. ... We have to try to be kind and...
  • Cockeysville students' art complement Meyerhoff show

    Twelve students from Cockeysville Middle School are having their artwork displayed at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The exhibition coincides with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's February concert series, which includes a multimedia performance of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • BSO accompanies 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'

    BSO accompanies 'The Passion of Joan of Arc'
    Call it poetic injustice. In 1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer made a movie called "The Passion of Joan of Arc," about the sainted maiden from Orleans who led French forces against the English and was burned at the stake for heresy in the 15th century. Shortly...
  • Some memory changes in aging brain are normal

    Some memory changes in aging brain are normal
    Dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer's, may have moved ahead of cancer on the list of most feared diseases, especially among baby boomers, who have begun to believe it is their inescapable fate if they have the bad luck to live too long. So we grasp...
  • 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...
  • 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: .........
  • Peabody instructor part of Obama inauguration

    Moments after Joe Biden is sworn in as vice president of the United States on the West Front of the Capitol and just before Barack Obama takes his oath as president, four classical musicians will perform a work created by John Williams for the history-...
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