Marin Alsop In 2007, Marin Alsop became music director of the Baltimore Symphony, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. She was named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow, the first conductor ever to receive the award.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke stands beside conductor Marin Alsop, who holds the giant hammer Gustav Mahler includes in his Sixth Symphony. Izabel Zambrzycki/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hide caption

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Hammered: Pounding Out The Excess In Mahler's Sixth Symphony

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Marin Alsop and John Adams at a performance of Adams' Dr. Atomic at the Cabrillo Festival in 2008. Cabrillo Festival hide caption

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

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Serge Rachmaninoff, photographed in 1919, somewhere outside of San Francisco. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

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From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna. Randy Brooke/WireImage hide caption

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In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

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Conductor Marin Alsop was bewitched by Brahms at an early age. Grant Leighton hide caption

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Brahms: Sextet in B - 1. Allegro

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Marin Alsop Discusses Mahler With Scott Simon

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Hear Marin Alsop and Scott Simon Discuss Gershwin On 'Weekend Edition Saturday'

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An Oasis Of New Music At The Cabrillo Festival

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Jennifer Higdon And Me: A Musical Friendship

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Copland: Early Music From America's Composer

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Revisiting Bernstein's Immodest 'Mass'

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Hear Marin Alsop discuss Schumann with NPR's Scott Simon

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Hear Alsop discuss Dvorak on 'Weekend Edition Saturday'

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Symphonic Forensics: Alsop's 'CSI Beethoven'

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