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

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

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


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

Read Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

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


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

Read A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

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

Read Elgar's Belated Symphony: Majestic, Noble And Perfectly British

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


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

Read Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem

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


Actress Jean Seberg plays Joan of Arc in the 1957 Otto Preminger film Saint Joan.

Read Arthur Honegger's Joan Of Arc For The Ages

November 5, 2011 – Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the timelessness of France's national hero and her musical story.


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

Read Verdi's Requiem: An Opera In Disguise

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


Samuel Barber

Listen Building A Career On Barber, The Enigmatic American

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


Gustav Mahler, composer

Listen A Composer On The Couch: Mahler Meets Freud

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


Listen Marin Alsop's Shared Musical Roots

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


Listen An Oasis Of New Music 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.


Listen Jennifer Higdon And Me: A Musical Friendship

May 23, 2009 – Alsop and Jennifer Higdon had never talked about gender in the classical-music world, until now.


Listen Copland: Early Music From America's Composer

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


Listen Revisiting Bernstein's Immodest 'Mass'

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


Listen Robert Schumann: Music Amid The Madness

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


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