The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Women conductors speak out about breaking the glass ceiling with a baton | September 10, 2016

By Jacob Stockinger

The time has finally come!

It has been, in fact, long overdue.

The candidacy of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee to be President of the United States is a historic first.

And it is generating a lot of buzz about breaking glass ceilings in politics and elsewhere.

So it seemed very timely when The New York Times reported on women conductors at a conference-festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. The pioneering American woman conductor Marin Alsop (below), who heads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is among them.

Marin Alsop marching

Among the younger generation included is the Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki (below), who is taking over as the Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra this month. (You can hear her discuss her inaugural season in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

finnish-conductor-susanna-malkki

Here is a link to the story and interviews with four female conductors. They offer some terrific advice and many memorable anecdotes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/arts/music/female-conductors-lucerne-festival.html?_r=0

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1 Comment »

  1. There’s another way of looking at it. Disappointment.

    With openings at the NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Met, the BSO, amongst others, (the Berlin Philharmonic; the BBC Symphony etc.) not a single woman was appointed to a major orchestra conductor ship.

    Alsop would have been a much better choice in NYC than the man they chose.

    Comment by fflambeau — September 10, 2016 @ 8:36 pm


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