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Concerts

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November 4, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop takes a trek up Richard Strauss' majestic "Alpine Symphony."

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September 26, 2007 Marin Alsop ushers in a new era for the 91-year-old Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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September 7, 2007 Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice is a searing adaptation of William Styron's acclaimed novel.

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February 20, 2006 Marin Alsop conducts the Aspen Festival Orchestra in a performance from the Aspen Music Festival.

Interviews & Profiles

Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

April 12, 2014 An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Gustav Mahler wanted each of his symphonies to contain a world of emotions and ideas.

April 12, 2014 An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962.

November 23, 2013 To mark Britten's centennial, Marin Alsop discovers the composer via his blood-soaked War Requiem.

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

February 2, 2013 Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.

December 22, 2012 The conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony is inspired by Brazil's commitment to classical music.

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

September 29, 2012 Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.

September 27, 2012 The founder of Naxos upended the classical music industry. Hear music that tells his story.

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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.

July 21, 2012 An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

January 14, 2012 Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Shadows of musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra fall on the American flag during a performance.

June 30, 2011 For July 4, Marin Alsop helps ponder the possibilities of an American sound in classical music.

Giuseppe Verdi poured operatic drama into his Requiem, written in 1874 in memory of his friend Alessandro Manzoni.

June 4, 2011 Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the human story and vivid drama Verdi packed into his Requiem Mass.

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Samuel Barber

October 30, 2010 Conductor Marin Alsop discovers there's more to Samuel Barber than his famed Adagio.

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Gustav Mahler, composer

July 3, 2010 Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud

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Wolf by moonlight

March 20, 2010 Hear Scott Simon and conductor Marin Alsop prepare for their Baltimore Symphony performance.

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George Gershwin (center) with brother Ira (right) and Fred Astaire

November 14, 2009 The Baltimore conductor programs a season that explores cultural and musical connections.

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Conductor Marin Alsop and composer John Mackey at the Cabrillo Festival.

August 1, 2009 The revered Santa Cruz festival may be almost 50 years old, but each year the music is brand-new.

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Arron Copland

December 27, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop explores the bold and bucolic sides of Aaron Copland's early music.

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Leonard Bersnstein

September 27, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop uncovers the personal philosophy within Bernstein's most controversial work.

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June 21, 2008 Conductor Marin Alsop muses on her fascination with music by the mentally unstable Robert Schumann.

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April 18, 2008 The Czech composer pours his heart into perhaps the finest symphony made in America.

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February 2, 2008 With a team of scientists, the Baltimore Symphony conductor investigates the great composer.

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July 14, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop discovers an entire symphonic universe in the four symphonies by Brahms.

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May 12, 2007 Conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony tell the tale of Scheherazade.

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February 9, 2007 Mahler's epic symphonies were vehicles for him to express his beliefs and pose questions.

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December 23, 2006 While talking to friends, Marin Alsop realized that Handel's "Messiah" desperately needed an update.

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November 11, 2006 The music mixes huge forces and a single voice, juxtaposing majesty and intimacy with ease.

November 11, 2006 The 1937 composition remains one of the most popular pieces of the classical music repertoire.

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September 23, 2006 Marin Alsop reflects on the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, who was born 100 years ago Monday.

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September 23, 2006 He is known for a symphony forged in the face of repression, but his life work was highly diverse.

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July 23, 2005 She's the first woman to lead a major U.S. orchestra, but many of the symphony's musicians object.

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March 11, 2005 The acclaimed conductor has launched a project to record the four symphonies of Brahms.

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February 19, 2005 She talks about overcoming language barriers while working with orchestras abroad.

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Discover Songs

Conductor Marin Alsop

September 13, 2010 The Baltimore Symphony conductor recalls the moment she fell in love with being a musician.

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News

A window-screen view toward conductor Marin Alsop's studio, badly damaged during the hurricane.

November 3, 2012 A conductor considers scores in her personal library that were struck by Hurricane Sandy.

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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is facing budget battles, and the shame of being silenced while backing a pop group.

August 17, 2012 The Atlanta Symphony struggles, a one-handed pianist graduates and the music of John Cage continues.

Reviews

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January 9, 2006 A disc devoted to Leonard Bernstein is among four recent releases from conductor Marin Alsop.

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More Stories

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July 20, 2005 Marin Alsop will be the first woman to lead a major American orchestra.

British composer Edward Elgar, seated at his desk at Severn House in Hampstead. His Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the best British symphony ever when it debuted in 1908.

May 5, 2012 Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the enduring qualities of the English composer's first symphony.

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Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.

August 1, 2013 Five acclaimed American musicians pick favorite homegrown symphonic works.

Tell us your hopes for classical music  in 2013.

January 10, 2013 Join a discussion of New Year's resolutions to help cure the troubled side of classical music.

Conductor Marin Alsop: a longtime connector of kids and music.

May 17, 2011 The noted conductor coaxes today's composers into writing for all-ages audiences.

Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, with its lush slow movement, is a favorite of conductor Marin Alsop.

March 15, 2011 Conductor Marin Alsop has a secret musical pleasure, but she's not guilty about it.

Marin Alsop

January 18, 2011 The Baltimore Symphony conductor envisions a higher profile for classical music via digital media.

Marin Alsop In Motion

December 8, 2010 The canny conductor almost single-handedly revived excitement for Bernstein's misunderstood, Mass.

Beethoven toddler

October 25, 2010 And a little child shall lead them: See a 3-year-old's take on conducting.

Bernstein

October 12, 2010 The conductor gained life lessons from Leonard Bernstein and math from a devoted algebra teacher.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1

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  • Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 1
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Britten: War Requiem [Remastered] [Anniversary Edition] [2CD+Blu-Ray Audio]

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James P. Johnson: Victory Stride

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Bernstein Conducts Bernstein: Kaddish & Chichester Psalms

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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; The Year 1941

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  • Album: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5; The Year 1941
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
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  • Released: 2012
 

Elgar: Symphony No. 1; In the South "Alassio"

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  • Album: Elgar: Symphony No. 1; In the South "Alassio"
  • Artist: Georg Solti
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Also Sprach Zarathustra/Don Juan/Till Eulenspiegel

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Verdi: Requiem

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  • Artist: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Released: 2010
 

Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

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Barber: School for Scandal/Symphonies 1 & 2

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Barber: Violin Concerto; Music for a Scene from Shelley: Souvenirs

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Mahler: Symphony No. 5

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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major

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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 7

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George Gershwin plays George Gershwin

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Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony

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  • Album: Copland: Dance Symphony; Symphony No. 1; Short Symphony
  • Artist: Marin Alsop
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  • Released: 2008
 

Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man

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  • Album: Copland: Appalachian Spring; Rodeo; Billy the Kid; Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Artist: Leonard Bernstein
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  • Released: 1997
 

Mass

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Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3

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  • Artist: David Zinman
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  • Released: 1991
 

Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances

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  • Released: 2005
 

Bernstein: Serenade, Facsimile, Divertimento

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  • Released: 2005
 

Weill: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2, Lady in the Dark Symphonic Nocturne

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Copland: Symphony No. 3; Symphony for Organ and Orchestra

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Glenn Branca: Symphony No. 3 "Gloria"

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  • Label: Atavistic
  • Released: 1983
 

Decasia

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  • Artist: Michael Gordon/Basel Sinfonietta/Kasper De Roo
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  • Released: 2002
 

Theofanidis Symphony No. 1

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  • Released: 2011
 

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

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Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin (ballet)

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John Adams: Shaker Loops

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Carmina Burana: Medieval Poems and Songs

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Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade'

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Brahms: Symph. No. 1

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  • Artist: Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic
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Brahms: Symph. No. 3

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  • Released: 2007
 

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

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