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Marin Alsop

Music Director for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop appears in the following:

A Parting Gift — With Legs — For Marin Alsop At The Cabrillo Festival

Saturday, August 06, 2016

After 25 years directing the contemporary music festival in California, Marin Alsop bids farewell with Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance, a new piece composed for her by John Adams.

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

Saturday, January 02, 2016

The question of assimilation has been on my mind a lot lately. Living in this great country where individuality is embraced, our current obsession with assimilation for those choosing the U.S. as their new home seems like a strange paradox.

Consider the Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei ...

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In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

Probing the existential questions that haunt us was a hallmark of Bernstein both as a person and composer. He was not satisfied unless he was immersed in major ...

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Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Saturday, November 08, 2014

One of my favorite pastimes is reading composer biographies. For me, context is critical in understanding music and being able to get the most out of every musical journey. Insight into the political, social, historical and personal landscape at a specific moment when a composer wrote a piece can add ...

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Postlude To A Kiss: Scriabin's Raging 'Poem Of Ecstasy'

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I love composer anniversaries because they afford us opportunities to look at musicians anew, and 2015 will mark the centenary of the death of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. It's quite possible that you've never heard of Scriabin, but take comfort in the fact that even his biographer said, ...

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Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Growing up as a violinist, Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto ranked among my top 10 Holy Grail pieces. As I got older, I moved on to his Octet and Piano Trio in D minor, which became two of my favorite chamber works. There's almost nothing comparable to playing Mendelssohn's ...

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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Conducting Gustav Mahler's First Symphony is an exhilarating and demanding task. Although it's one of his shortest symphonies (at about 55 minutes), it is an epic journey that requires countless hours of analysis and examination of the score. Still, it is a thrilling process to peel back and ...

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Consumed By Violence, With Hope For Peace: Britten's 'War Requiem'

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I'm a bit of a cynic when it comes to composer anniversaries but this year, marking 100 years since the birth of Benjamin Britten, has been absolutely fascinating for me. I am now living proof that such centenaries can indeed change the way we look at a composer ...

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Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Richard Wagner was, and still is today, arguably the most controversial figure in classical music. A self-appointed deity and hyperdriven genius, Wagner is often considered the ultimate megalomaniac. He dreamed up and achieved a single-minded plan to change the course of classical music history.

With the 200th anniversary of ...

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Musical Outreach

Friday, November 12, 2010

Conductor Marin Alsop, outreach expert Dr. Aaron Flagg and choir director Joe Piccirillo weigh in.

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Summer Music Camp for Adults

Friday, July 23, 2010

Camper Suzanne Bilyeu and Conductor Marin Alsop talk about music camp.