Marin Alsop on Education and the Arts

by John Birge, Minnesota Public Radio
October 5, 2009

St. Paul, Minn. — Marin Alsop says "It's all about community," and she is one of the most articulate, persuasive champions of how classical music can have a deeply positive impact on all facets of the community, both inside and outside the concert hall.

Marin Alsop is among the most vibrant and interesting conductors on the scene today. As Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she is the first woman to lead a major American orchestra. She also spent twelve years with the Colorado Symphony, and six years as principal guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in England. Marin Alsop was Gramophone magazine's Artist of the Year, Musical America's Conductor of the Year, and the first conductor to receive a MacArthur "Genius" Award. She's also a regular commentator on National Public Radio News.

Marin Alsop is in the Twin Cities to receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Minnesota School of Music. On October 6, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, she'll give a keynote speech on "Education and the Arts: Musicians as Engaged Leaders."

John Birge spoke with Marin Alsop and University of Minnesota School of Music Director David Myers about how we can make classical music a point of connection for students, teachers, professionals, and everyone in the community.


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