In a programme note Alsop drew connections between Bernstein's Second Symphony The Age Of Anxiety and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony in their subtexts of war and its aftermath. The Age of Anxiety, first performed in 1949, interprets WH Auden's poem of the same name about the search for a meaning in life in troubled times.
birthday — was his former protégée, Marin Alsop, leading its debut at the BCC Proms in London.
It can’t have escaped your notice that this day, in fact, is the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, and the EIF had a pair of concerts to mark his special day. Spending it with Marin Alsop, his most high profile student and disciple, is the closest thing you could get to spending it with Lenny himself, and it was her own lovely idea to play four sections from the piece assembled at Tanglewood in 1988 to celebrate Bernstein’s 70th birthday.
’s 100th birthday, and who better to help Edinburgh celebrate it than Marin Alsop, Bernstein’s pupil at the Tanglewood Music Center at which he himself studied and which was such an integral part of his life – and with her of course, theBaltimore Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been music director for over a decade?
In this Leonard Bernstein centenary year and with a BSO Bernstein concert to come, it was interesting to learn that whilst studying at the Tanglewood Music Centre, Marin Alsop was a pupil of Bernstein where he had taken her through Robert Schumann's Second Symphony. Not surprisingly, we heard a very fine performance from a first class orchestra.
Alsop, also about to become the first female chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, is accustomed both to breaking that “glass ceiling” wherever she works, and also to playing music associated with her mentor, Leonard Bernstein. He specifically took her through Schumann’s Second Symphony shortly before he died, a work he had conducted at the Edinburgh Festival in 1960. This year it features in the first Baltimore concert, alongside Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and the Gershwin Piano Concerto with French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, both works with which Bernstein was closely associated.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will move back into the international spotlight for the first time in 13 years when it departs Tuesday for England, Scotland and Ireland with 102 players, 10 staff members and 78 cargo trunks carrying 6,800 pounds of equipment.
Rehearsals continue at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall this week where the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is preparing to leave Monday for a two week tour of Britain, Scotland and Ireland.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is about to embark on its first international tour in 13 years. The trip will take the musicians to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
It’s been thirteen years since the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured overseas to perform. That changes next week, when more than one hundred musicians will head to Scotland, England and Ireland for a series of concerts. They’ll play many works by Leonard Bernstein, who mentored Marin Alsop, the BSO’s music director, and whose birth centennial is being celebrated this summer. We talk with Alsop and also with principal horn player Phil Munds, just before they head out on tour.
In this International Festival Portrait, Conductor Marin Alsop talks about the day she decided she wanted to be a conductor, and the process of bringing music on the page to full, vivid life.
Marin Alsop, Vice-President: Tonya McBride Robles, Director of Operations: Rebecca Cain & Director of Artistic Planning: Abhijit Sengupta
Marin Alsop and Antonio Pappano interview: on the BBC Proms’ celebration of 100 years of Leonard BernsteinThe Proms celebrates Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with a bumper series of concerts. What does he mean to the great conductors of today?
The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director. His successor, Marin Alsop, will be at the helm when the BSO returns to Europe in August after an absence of 13 years, a trip that could well become a highlight of her tenure.
Marin Alsop, Nicola Benedetti and Simon Rattle lead line-up at the Edinburgh International Festival 2018This year's edition of the iconic festival will feature eye-catching performances of Wagner's opera 'Siegfried', Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' and close with a centenary celebration of the music of Bernstein. The program includes 48 concerts and recitals by orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.
Younger musicians in the Edinburg International Festival program include Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison, who has leapt to international recognition since winning Cardiff Singer of the World and violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will be part of a concert on the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, August 25, when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by one of the maestro’s last protége’s, conductor Marin Alsop. That centenary celebration will also include a performance of the Second Symphony of Robert Schumann, which Bernstein worked on with Alsop, and conducted himself at the 1950 Festival, as well as a programme of chamber music at the Queen’s Hall and Bernstein tunes as part of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
It will not be a first for Alsop. Leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, she made history in 2013 as the first woman to conduct the annual Last Night of the Proms since the festival’s founding in 1895. Alsop returned to lead the Last Night in 2015. She has also conducted various orchestras in other Proms concerts. (Proms is short for Promenade Concerts.)
The 2018 BBC Proms has been announced. One of - if not the - highest profile of international music festivals, the BBC Proms draws artists and ensembles from around the world to London's Royal Albert Hall over the summer months. Key themes this year will include marking the centenaries of: the end of the First World War (including with a commission from composer Anna Meredith on the opening night on July 13), of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, and of women receiving the right to vote in the UK. Ninety debuts by artists include the first visit to the Proms by the Estonian Festival Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna (recipients of Recording of the Month in our January issue for their Sony release of Tchaikovsky's PathétiqueSymphony).
Leonard Bernstein, who was born in 1918, was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His work as conductor, composer, pianist, and educationalist are explored in depth this season. The bank-holiday weekend, on what would have been Bernstein’s 100th birthday, will feature a Proms debut for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop, a former student of Bernstein.
The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago. The birth of Leonard Bernstein in 1918 has inspired a performance of West Side Story, as well as a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Prom led by Marin Alsop, a former student of Bernstein.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra travels abroad for a tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland. From August 21-30, the BSO will make stops in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, making itself known as a strong cultural ambassador for the city of Baltimore and the entire state of Maryland.