Ten years ago, a tall, slim man with a ready smile left his job as director of a South Carolina high school band to enter the Peabody Institute as the first recipient of the newly formed BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship — a program of extensive skill-honing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Marin Alsop.
I think it’s great that the ESO is looking at ways to engage younger audiences. This has always been a concern for classical music lovers (even in 1930!) but today’s competition for young people’s time is truly formidable.
Q&A with Eugene Symphony
The conductor on Hillary Clinton, Leonard Bernstein, playing in jazz clubs – and preparing for her second Last Night of the Proms.
INTERVIEW BY FIONA MADDOCKS, THE GUARDIAN
Ms Alsop spoke to The Economist about women in leadership, preparing for the Proms and the art of conducting.
THE ECONOMIST BLOG
For Ms. Alsop, having the instruments in front of her keeps alive the memories of her parents, and their playing.
MICHAEL COOPER, THE NEW YORK TIMES
This was a unique experience because I wasn’t asked to pick my favorite recordings, but rather to select music that has meant the most to me over my lifetime. So the experience was far more personal and intimate.
Marin Alsop on Desert Island Discs
As Marin Alsop tells it, it’s rather like a fairy tale. She went to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts at the age of nine, and had an epiphany. Conducting was what she wanted to do.
MICHAEL DERVAN, IRISH TIMES
The Last Night of the Proms became a First Night for Women on Saturday when Marin Alsop walked onto the stage of the massive and festively adorned Royal Albert Hall and made a bit of history in this history-drenched country.
Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
Marin Alsop: It exceeded my expectations. It was a great evening. It was really emotional and very moving to be involved in such a big celebration.
Victoria Lindrea, BBC News
‘I think EQ is more important than IQ in this day and age,’ says the musical director and conductor