“The Conductor” Film Screening
“The Conductor” takes the audience into the heart of classical music, and into the life of one of its top artists, the internationally renowned conductor and first ever NOI+F Music Director Marin Alsop, the first woman to serve as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. With unprecedented access, the director and film crew accompany Alsop to concerts around the world from W. A. Mozart’s Magic Flute in São Paulo, to Mahler’s First Symphony in Lucerne, to Bernstein’s Mass in Baltimore and her opening concert in Vienna, giving us a backstage pass to the artistry and energy that rewards her audiences and inspires her students.
In spite of rejections from the establishment of classical music and being told “girls can’t do that,” Alsop persisted and never let go of her childhood dream of becoming a conductor. The film features a combination of intimate interviews with the Maestra, a look into her private life, unseen archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein and Vérité scenes conducting different orchestras and teaching the next wave of conductors who, like her, were being excluded from the classical music canon.
This event is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of The Clarice at the University of Maryland. NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Trailblazing conductor Marin Alsop was appointed as the first-ever Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2020. In addition to conducting innovative programs onstage at The Clarice and at Wolf Trap, Maestra Alsop launched the NOI+F Conducting Academy for rising young conductors in 2021. In 2015, NOI+F began a partnership with Naxos to record one concert of all-American music each year—Naxos’ first partnership with a summer festival of its kind. The 2019 recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison” received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category.
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