Baltimore Symphony to salute departing music director with “Marin Festival,” May 27-June 19

Posted on: May 25, 2021

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She will step down next month after 14 years as music director.

“When Marin Alsop steps down at the end of August … as the first woman to lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra … she will leave a gap more profound than the space on the podium,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Sunday’s (5/23) Washington Post. “Her career has been an exercise in exhausting the potential of the word ‘pioneer.’ … The [BSO’s] Marin Festival is a multiweek tribute to Alsop’s legacy as a conductor and music director, but also as an advocate for education and access, a mentor for new composers and young conductors, and a force for women gaining leadership roles in classical music. The festival opens Thursday…. She’ll conduct her final concert as BSO music director as part of a live televised gala featuring Renée Fleming and the world premiere of James Lee III’s ‘Destined Worlds.’ … Alsop is the subject … of ‘The Conductor,’ a moving documentary … available for home viewing on June 15…. From the BSO, Alsop will pick up her pandemic-delayed debut as chief conductor and curator at the Ravinia festival…. She’ll also continue to teach at Peabody [and] serve as the first music director of the National Orchestral Institute and Festival.”