Weeklong institute for women conductors at Dallas Opera

Posted on: November 12, 2015

In Tuesday’s (11/10) Christian Science Monitor, Yoshi Kato writes that in 2013 Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, became “the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, the culminating performance of the prestigious British summer series…. In an effort to support the next generation of conductors, the Dallas Opera is launching The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors on Nov. 28. The weeklong program for six musicians 40 years and younger will culminate with a public concert at the Winspear Opera House following a rigorous schedule of classes, coaching, and conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Among the rising generation of conductors many continue to progress…. Susanna Mälkki—who performed as a recent guest conductor for the San Francisco Symphony with such fluidity that her baton seemed to float—will become the chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2016-17 season. Los Angeles Philharmonic assistant conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla is poised to be promoted to associate conductor next season.…
Each of these three conductors will be taking her place among the constellation of 11 women conductors who have been invited to next summer’s Lucerne Festival (Aug. 12 to Sept. 11) in Switzerland. Next year’s theme? ‘Prima Donna.’ ”

Posted November 12, 2015