The great lady of classical music returns to Colorado



The Principal Lady of Classical Music Returns to Colorado – 5280

Sailor Alsop. Photo courtesy of Adriane White


Marin Alsop crossed gender barriers to become classical music‘s most renowned female conductor. This month, she returns to Denver, where she made her debut.

When Marin Alsop takes the stage at the Boettcher Concert Hall this month, it will be a reunion: the Colorado Symphony is where Alsop made his name almost 30 years ago as the first female musical director and conductor. Denver has a long history of women in classical music, starting with Antonia Brico, who founded what is now the Denver Philharmonic in 1948, and JoAnn Falletta, musical director of the late Denver Chamber Orchestra from 1983 to 1992. Nonetheless, Throughout orchestral music as in general, women remain under-represented among the leaders of the genre. After Alsop finished her tenure with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last August, there were exactly no women at the helm of the 25 largest orchestras in the United States. This is despite Alsop’s efforts to bring gender equity in driving through the Taki Alsop management scholarship, which she co-founded two decades ago to train and support female conductors. As Alsop continues her advocacy, you can see the talent that made her a legend as she leads the Colorado Symphony for three days from January 7.

This article appeared in the January 2022 issue of 5280.

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