Baltimore Symphony’s Alsop takes post in Sao Paulo

Posted on: February 18, 2011

Monday (2/14) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes, Tim Smith reports, “Marin Alsop, who is used to holding down more than one job at a time, has been named principal conductor of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. Her five-year contract starts with the 2012-13 season and calls for 10 weeks of conducting each season. Alsop, who succeeds Yan Pascal Tortelier in the Sao Paulo post, plans to remain as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which she joined in 2007. She is slated to remain in the BSO post until 2015 and has been spending 14-16 weeks with the BSO per season. … In a press conference in Sao Paulo on Saturday, Alsop said her goal is to make the Brazilian ensemble ‘the best orchestra in the world. That is always my goal.’ She guest-conducted the orchestra for the first time last September in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 7.”

Posted February 18, 2011