Today BBC Music launches its online ‘virtual orchesra’, conducted by Marin Alsop, and calls all music lovers and musicians to take part. The unique digital performance will be part of the world famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations on Saturday 10 September.
In a month where all eyes will be on Brazil as it hosts the Olympic Games, Marin brings her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) to Europe this Summer for performances at some of the world’s most prestigious summer festivals: Edinburgh (August 22), BBC Proms (August 24) and Lucerne (August 26).
Marin Alsop is to return to the BBC Proms for three concerts this summer. In a season that celebrates Latin American music, Marin brings her Brazilian orchestra OSESP to the BBC Proms. She also conducts the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in Verdi’s Requiem.
On Saturday April 2, 2016, Marin Alsop will return to conduct the Eugene Symphony for “SymFest”, an evening celebrating the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary. Leading a concert of music by John Adams, Mahler, Bernstein and James P. Johnson, the concert serves as a centrepiece of an evening-long celebration of Eugene’s vibrant cultural scene.
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, has announced its 54th season program running from July 31 – August 13, 2016. The 2016 Festival will be Marin Alsop’s final year as she steps down as Music Director after 25 years.
On March 4 – 6, 2016, Marin will conduct three large-scale productions of West Side Story at New York’s Knockdown Centre, a restored factory in Queens. The performances are the cornerstone of The Somewhere Project, a unique creative learning project presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) in celebration of their 125th anniversary season.
On Thursday February 11, 2016, Marin will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a special anniversary concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Hall as the Orchestra celebrates turning 100.The concert will be the highlight in a series of Anniversary Week events from February 10-14, marking the Orchestra’s inaugural concert that took place on February 11, 1916.
2015 has been a very successful year for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. As the year draws to a close, Marin reflects on the recent success of her new Fellows and asks you to join her in supporting the Fellowship to continue the great work it does for aspiring women conductors.
On Sunday December 13, Marin conducted a free outdoor concert on Gonzaga beach in Santos, the traditional end to OSESP’s season. Closing the 2015 season, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra performed Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, music from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and with the OSESP Choir and Academic Choir, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.
Marin Alsop makes a special return to Philadelphia to conduct the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in Gershwin’s original Rhapsody in Blue on October 29, 30 and 31, 2015. She will conduct this again when she makes her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut on 27, 28 and 29 November 2015.
Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2016 season “State of Listening”. Spanning 32 weeks, the 2016 Season will feature ten programmes led by Marin, Music Director of OSESP, who will open and close the Season with Mahler’s First and Second Symphonies.
On Friday October 9, Marin Alsop will lead a special concert in the City of Havana to celebrate the 500th anniversary of its founding. Marin will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba with pianists Chucho Valdés, and Lang Lang.
In an evening that started with new music and ended with Last Night favorites, Marin used the traditional Last Night speech to convey the message music really does unite all. Read her full speech.
Marin Alsop brings the BBC Proms to a spectacular close on Saturday September 12 conducting the BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Daniele de Niese and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Marin Alsop has been appointed to lead the graduate conducting program at the Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University. As director of graduate conducting, she succeeds one of her mentors, Gustav Meier, who is retiring after a venerable and award-winning career, including nearly 20 years teaching at Peabody.
Ever wanted to learn the basic fundamentals of conducting? In an exclusive partnership with Classic FM Marin presents a series of video masterclasses on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish.
The 46th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival has officially started, and it’s been a busy first week at the Festival for Marin Alsop who opened the Festival at the Auditorio Claudio Santoro on July 4, with the Säo Paulo Symphony Orchestra.
An exciting two week celebration of new music is fast approaching as composers, artists and the Cabrillo orchestra all come together for the 2015 Festival. Although not until August (2-16), behind-the-scenes it’s busier than ever as preparations get underway. As the weeks lead-up to the Festival, Marin will be providing her own insight into the work that goes into being Music Director, often from the other side of the world!
Marin Alsop and the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship are very happy to announce Valentina Peleggi as the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow. In response to the high number of outstanding candidates, the Fellowship has expanded to also include two Associate Fellows, Marzena Diakun and Ruth Reinhardt.
Marin Alsop is in Brussels this week rehearsing with the National Orchestra of Belgium and the 12 violin soloists who have made the final of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (25 – 30 May). Follow all the behind-the-scenes action with Marin’s blog.
Marin Alsop has returned to Belgium to conduct the finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, which this year focusses on violinists.
Marin is to be the conductor for this year’s Last Night of the BBC Proms with a star-studded line-up. She will also conduct the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in an all-Brahms Prom in September 1.
It was announced today that the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra have extended Marin Alsop’s contract as Music Director until December 21st 2019.
From August 2-16, Santa Cruz will become a nexus of creativity as Marin Alsop and the amazing Festival Orchestra, 12 composers in residence and 5 international guest artists come together once again for an incredible festival dedicated to contemporary music.
Marin Alsop has been awarded Harvard University’s Luise Vosgerchian teaching Award, an award that honors a nationally recognized music educator. The award offers an honorarium of $10,000 and is administered by the Office for the Arts at Harvard through its Learning from Performers program.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop have announced their 2015/16 centennial season. To mark the centenary BSO present a star-studded line-up of artists and promise lots of enticing repertoire from huge blockbusters of standard repertoire, to contemporary works and world premieres.
The New School’s Mannes College in New York has awarded four students with the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, a prize generously funded by Marin Alsop and the Alsop Family Foundation to fund innovative projects in music entrepreneurship.
Marin and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) opened their 2015 season at Sala São Paulo last week. The concert of Mahler and Rouse was praised in Folha de São Paulo, saying “today’s OSESP is ‘Marin Alsop’s OSESP”.
MA: Today, February 24th, would have been my mother’s 84th birthday and I wanted to take a moment to remember her smile, her laugh, her irreverence, her generosity and her love of life.
On Tuesday February 17 – Saturday 21 February 2015 Marin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist David Fray embark on a tour of the Netherlands and Belgium with an all-Beethoven program. The tour culminates with a concert at London’s Royal Festival Hall on February 21.
Marin Alsop is supporting a campaign by film maker James Bartolomeo to make a documentary short about the BSO OrchKids. The aim is for the film to be the cornerstone of a broad and far-reaching awareness campaign.
Marin returns to the London Philharmonic Orchestra this February, taking an all-Beethoven program on a five date tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and UK. The repertoire for the concerts includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7 and the Third Piano Concerto performed by French pianist David Fray.
2014 has been another busy year for Marin Alsop. Although the year has been tinged with sadness after losing both her parents and her dear friend Mary Whitaker, there have also have been many highlights. Here is a summary of just some of the many events that have taken place this year.
As part of a series of events taking place at London’s Southbank Centre to mark the World War I centenery, Marin will conduct musicians of the Royal Academy of Music, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Voicelab Children’s Choir and soloists in a performance of Britten’s towering War Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall.
Music Director Marin Alsop and the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) have just announced their 2015 season. With the theme “Places of Music”, the 2015 season will comprise a program of works that evoke real or imaginary places.
You can now apply for the 2015-17 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship. Set up by Marin Alsop, the aim of the Taki Concordia Fellowship to promote, present, and encourage talented women conductors at the beginning of their careers.
On Sunday 28 September, Marin appeared on BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs. Presented by Kirsty Young, Marin talks through the music, book and luxury she’d take if she was cast away and the memories behind each one.
On Saturday September 13, Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will take part in a Star-Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the bicentennial of the American National Anthem.
Marin Alsop has received honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in recognition of her outstanding services to music. The presentation was made by RPS trustee, composer Colin Matthews, on stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms concert on Thursday 4 September.
In August 2014 the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra celebrated their 60th anniversary. To mark this occasion Marin and OSESP are embarking on a tour of five state capitals of Brazil from the 17 – 23 August. Follow Marin’s tour blog to find out her experiences as she travels the country!
It is with great sorrow to hear of the death of Mary Whitaker who died in Chautaqua on 21 August in tragic circumstances.
A look back at some of the highlights of the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, which took place 5th July – 3rd August 2014.
As Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Marin Alsop will return to curate the 45th Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival, taking place between the 5 July and 3 August, 2014.
Music Director Marin Alsop returns to lead the Festival in an extraordinary offering of new music and a remarkable line-up of guest artists with a program featuring thirteen composers in residence, three world premieres, two US premieres and four West Coast premieres.
Following Marin Alsop’s triumph at the Last Night of the Proms in 2013, she makes a welcome return to the BBC Proms this season on Thursday September 4 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Marin and the Baltimore Symphony have announced their 2014-15 season with themes exploring spirituality and transcendence.
2013 has been an extraordinary year for Marin Alsop, with highlights including becoming the first female to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms and taking her São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) on a major European tour. Read a round-up of 2013 and view a selection of photo highlights!
OrchKids, the outreach program set up by Marin Alsop, has been selected as a recipient of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program (NAHYP) Award at the White House. The news comes ahead of another exciting opportunity for BSO OrchKids who, as well as Marin and 32 musicians from the BSO, will perform at the Ravens’ Thanksgiving Day game on November 28.
On Saturday night Marin made history as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the BBC Proms. She conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as well as soloists Joyce DiDonato, Nigel Kennedy and Iestyn Davies to an extremely enthusiastic and patriotic audience of over 6,000 inside London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The BBC Proms season draws to a close on Saturday 7 September as Marin Alsop takes to the podium to conduct the Last Night celebrations. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC television and radio, on the BBC’s big screens around Britain as well as to listeners and viewers around the world.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces that Music Director Marin Alsop will continue her commitment to the Orchestra with the signing of a six-year contract that extends from September 2015 to August 2021, her second contract renewal with the Orchestra.
After an accident in her hotel on Monday night, Marin Alsop has damaged her wrist and been advised to cancel her conducting appointments for the month of July. More news will be posted here soon.
In October 2013 Marin Alsop will bring the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil’s leading cultural export, to Europe for a 15 concert tour…
From Monday 27 May until Saturday 1 June, Marin Alsop will be conducting the final of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, this year devoted to the piano.
The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival dedicated to new orchestral music, has announced the program for its 51st season taking place in Santa Cruz, California, from 2 – 11 August 2013. This year Marin Alsop welcomes young international talents for their debuts, and presents works by thirteen composers, with ten in residence.
Marin Alsop has been announced as the conductor for the 2013 Last Night of the BBC Proms. Taking place at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 7 September 2013, and televised worldwide, Marin will make history as the first female conductor to ever conduct the Last Night…
Marin Alsop returned to London’s Southbank Centre, where she is Artist in Residence, to conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 8 March …
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2013-14 season with themes including loss, solace and community. Talking about the season, BSO Music Director Marin Alsop said: “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a …
Marin Alsop returns to London’s Royal Festival Hall next week for two concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, of which is a regular guest-conductor, as part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest …
Marin Alsop makes her Viennese debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein on October 14. Her ‘From the New World’ programme begins with Barber’s Essay No.2 and culminates in Dvořák’s Ninth …
Marin Alsop opened her first season as Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) with concerts on March 8 to 11. Alsop conducted Shostakovich Symphony No.5 and Mozart’s Piano …
In Santa Cruz, California, July 31 through August 14, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music will celebrate Marin Alsop’s 20th anniversary season as Music Director/Conductor. Fifteen composers-in-residence will join Marin …
The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1954, enjoys an international reputation, and in December 2008 was named one of the world’s three most exciting upcoming orchestras by Gramophone magazine. …
Artistic Director Marin Alsop curates a season-long project celebrating the great icon of 20th-century music making, Leonard Bernstein, including more than 30 performances, talks and workshops. Find out more at …
Upon signing the contract, Marin Alsop commented: My work so far with the Baltimore Symphony has been the thrill of a lifetime. Our progress over the past two seasons is …