Report: Marin Alsop Will Be Next Music Director of Baltimore Symphony

Classic Arts News   Report: Marin Alsop Will Be Next Music Director of Baltimore Symphony
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Symphony is close to naming Marin Alsop, the American-born conductor of England's Bournemouth Symphony, as its next music director.

An unnamed BSO staff member told the Sun that Alsop's appointment is "a done deal."

Alsop's appointment to succeed Yuri Temirkanov would be historic: no woman has ever led a top American orchestra.

According to the Sun, the BSO's search committee will make an official recommendation to the board of directors on Tuesday, July 19. A spokesperson for the BSO said that she couldn't comment before that point. Alsop's own representative would only say that "there is no signed contract."

Alsop trained at Juilliard and at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she studied with Leonard Bernstein. She served as music director of the Eugene Symphony and the Long Island Philharmonic before being named to the relatively high-profile post of music director of the Colorado Symphony. After a decade in Denver, she became principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony; she is the first woman to lead a major British orchestra. A frequent guest conductor, she has conducted the BSO several times and will visit twice next season.

According to the Sun, some BSO musicians are opposed to the appointment. Board member Stephen W. Fisher told the paper. "I have heard from a number of musicians who believe that their opinions were not fully considered in this matter and that the search should be continued."

Temirkanov announced last fall that he would step down at the end of the 2005-06 season, after seven years with the orchestra.

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