&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
Musicomh.com
24th December 2014
Marin’s 2014 review

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 – looking forward to an even better 2015!

January

Conducted first concert of 2014 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra – Dvorak New World Symphony and a new Guitar Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff

Mother, Ruth Alsop, passed away aged 82 on January 23rd

February

Father, Lamar Alsop, passed away aged 85 on February 3rd

“They were from very humble, blue-collar beginnings. And they made so much of themselves, not just in music, but in so many areas.”

March

Launched the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season

“I started talking about a few pieces, like Beethoven’s Ninth, Bernstein’s ‘Candide,’ and some Mahler, and the theme seemed to evolve without forcing…. Our season captures the transformational power of music and aspires to offer a transcendental connection for people beyond their own worlds. Spirituality is an extremely personal journey and that is the profound beauty of music: its message is always an individual, personal one.”

Conducted the first concert of 2014 with OSESP in São Paulo – Bernstein Missa Brevis, Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Garrick Ohlsson

April

Guest conducting roles with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt and with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague

Conducted a memorial concert for her parents in New York at Mannes College The New School for Music. Visit the memorial page here.

May

Concerts in São Paulo including Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, Barber’s Violin Concerto with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1with Olga Kern

A collaboration with actors from the Fogler Theatre and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

June

Awarded the ‘Champion of New Music Award’ 2014 on behalf of the American Composers Forum

BSO Academy took place in Baltimore

July

45th International Winter Festival in Campos do Jordão gets underway. Look back at some of the highlights here.

“After missing last July because of my broken hand, I’m thrilled to be back at the Campos do Jordao Festival here in the mountains, at 2 hours drive from São Paulo. This is a very special festival devoted to training and inspiring the next generation of Brazilian musicians. Besides an amazingly enthusiastic orchestra of young musicians, I have six talented young conductors and my every moment is consumed with rehearsing the orchestra and coaching the conductors. Campos do Jordão Festival has partnerships with several international conservatories who have sent a handful of select students to join the young Brazilians, creating a unique atmosphere of exchange and connection.”

July/August

Marin conducts and teaches at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival in Santa Cruz

August

Marin conducts OSESP’s 60th anniversary concert in São Paulo and takes the orchestra on a tour of Brazil’s five state capitals. Read Marin’s tour blog here.

September

Marin returned to the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in in Mahler’s 1st Symphony, John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto with Timothy McAllister and Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Awarded honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society

“I am truly honored to accept this award, especially here at the Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, a place that has such special meaning for me. The RPS’s commitment to nurturing young musicians and its devotion to commissioning and supporting new music resonate deeply with me.”

Performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Star Spangled Spectacular, a concert with a star-studded line up in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the American National Anthem

“We had a blast performing at the Star Spangled Spectacular! Baltimore looked beautiful and the orchestra looked and sounded great. It was a wonderful moment for all of us!”

Appears on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs

October

Guest conducted the Colorado Symphony, sharing the podium with Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow Karina Canellakis, in Denver

OSESP’s 2015 season is announced

“I’m very excited about the 2015 season with OSESP, especially with our Mahler focus and Brahms cycle! The orchestra is sounding spectacular and next season should be even better!”

November

Conducted musicians from the Royal Academy of Music in Britten’s War Requiem at London’s Royal Festival Hall, part of a day commemorating the centenary of World War I. While in London she also collaborated with students from the Lilian Baylis Technology School as part of the Southbank Centre’s outreach project to teach children about the history of the First World War and Britten’s War Requiem

“I can’t think of a better way to honor and remember the sacrifices and contributions of so many than by working with several hundred young people to bring this project to fruition.”

Concerts in Baltimore included Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s great Seventh Symphony and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and “Jeremiah” Symphony

December

Conducted the final concerts of 2014 with OSESP in São Paulo and the traditional end of season concert on Gonzaga beach, Santos

“As we near the end of the year, I can’t help but give thanks for so much good fortune. Even with such a difficult year, losing my dear parents and my good friend Mary Whitaker, I am still enormously thankful for all I have and for the incredible people I am privileged to work with and call friends.”