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October 9, 2008

Alsop is SRO in New York with Dvorak program

Alec Baldwin Marin Alsop

BSO music director Marin Alsop is in her native New York this week to conduct several performances of Dvorak's New World Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, the orchestra that premiered the work back in 1893 (I think there have been a few personnel changes since then).

A traditional program that balanced the Dvorak work with a Chopin concerto and a Bartok ballet suite was performed Tuesday night at Lincoln Center (my colleague Tony Tommasini gave Alsop high marks in today's New York Times for that concert). This program will be repeated on Saturday. The New World will also get a close-up look on Friday, when Alsop and the Philharmonic offer an "Inside the Music" presentation narrated by actor Alec Baldwin and featuring a multi-media presentation developed by Joseph Horowitz to provide context for Dvorak's most popular symphony. The event is sold out. 

AP PHOTO (Alec Baldwin and Marin Alsop at rehearsal with New York Philharmonic)

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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