One of the foremost conductors of our time, Marin Alsop makes her much anticipated return to the National Symphony Orchestra on 1st December with Beethoven’s vivid opera-in-miniature, Leonore Overture No 3, and the raw elemental punch of and power of Stravinsky’s history-making masterpiece, The Rite of Spring.
Alsop has been credited with shattering the glass ceiling for female conductors. She is the first woman to serve as the head of a major orchestra in the United States, South America, Austria and Britain. She made history as the first female musical conductor of London’s Last Night of the Proms ten years ago, and recently became the first woman and the first American to guest conduct three Last Nights in the festival’s 128-year history.
Alsop is a dedicated and vocal champion of emerging talent and, during her time in Dublin, she will lead a weeklong conducting masterclass at the National Concert Hall with eight of the world’s most promising young conductors (26 Nov – 1 Dec). In advance on her concert with the NSO on 1st December, members of the public have an opportunity to watch her at work during one of the masterclasses (1.30pm on Tuesday, 28th November). To find out more, visit nch.ie.
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