Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop is the recipient of Columbia University’s 2017 Ditson Conductor’s Award for the advancement of American music. The prize was presented September 16 at a BSO performance at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. Paul Moravec, advisory committee member of the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner in music, and a Columbia University alumnus in composition, bestowed the award. Alsop received $5,000 and a citation on behalf of Columbia’s President Lee C. Bollinger. The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University established the Ditson Conductor’s Award in 1945. It is the oldest continuing award honoring conductors for distinguished contributions to American music. Previous recipients include James Levine, David Robertson, David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, George Manahan, Leonard Bernstein and, last year, Cliff Colnot.
Posted October 2, 2017