First Woman Music Director for a Major US Orchestra
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, 7/15
BALTIMORE -- Marin Alsop is to be the next music director of the
Baltimore Symphony, according to the Baltimore Sun. She will
succeed Yuri Temirkanov, who departs at the end of 2005-2006
after seven seasons with the orchestra.
Alsop, 48, is former music director of the Colorado Symphony and
currently in that post with the Bournemouth Symphony. A onetime
protege of Leonard Bernstein, she has long been a podium favorite
among British orchestras and music critics. Her new appointment
is a major milestone for women conductors everywhere; she is
certainly the first woman to hold the post with a major American
Alsop is also a proponent of American music, a genre in which
the Baltimore Symphony specialized under Temirkanov's predecessor,
David Zinman. Hopefully that repertoire will reappear in coming
The Baltimore Symphony has an accumulated deficit of $10 million.
Alsop's willingness to talk with media, patrons and audiences
will no doubt help with funding and outreach issues.
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