2021 Classical Woman of the Year: Marin Alsop
Alsop was the first woman to lead major orchestras in the United States, South America, Austria and Britain, and serves as Chief Conductor of ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor and Curator of Chicago's Ravinia Festival.
"I am deeply honored by this recognition," said Alsop. "My relationship with Performance Today goes back to the very start of my career and being nominated by today's PT listeners brings things full circle and makes this a truly special occasion."
Alsop's numerous contributions to the art form include innovation, leadership, mentorship, and her powerful voice in the classical world and larger cultural scene. She has served as the Baltimore Symphony's Music Director for 14 years, a tenure which included her groundbreaking work with OrchKids, a program that fosters social change through the power of music and has reached more than 2,000 students in underserved Baltimore neighborhoods.
Praise for Alsop in listener nominations include:
"...She has awakened in a worldwide community the quest to appreciate, understand and pursue what and how music enlightens and enriches our daily lives." -Douglas, Oregon
"...She champions new artists and continues the fame of heroes such as Leonard Bernstein. She inspires women and everyone everywhere." -Ellen, Maryland
"Marin has energized the entire community with her outreach to the citizens of Baltimore city and beyond..." -Robert, Maryland
Congratulations to the outstanding nominees for this award:
Audrey Emilia Carlson
Christine (Kyprie) Potter
Diana Lee Lucker
Diane A. Wallace
Helen Chang Haertzen
Jo Ann Miller
Judy M Sullivan
Kathy Saltzman Romey
Lara Downs and Rhiannon Givens
Maria del Carmen Gil
Mary Ann Closson
Mary Jo Gothman
Nicole Swanson - Sutterfield
Rachel Barton Pine
Rebecca Albers & Maiya Papach
Tara Helen O'Connor
Teresa Compos Falk
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