Alsop ‘nearing the end’ in Baltimore

Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director who in September conducted the season-opening concerts of the Richmond Symphony (where she was associate conductor in the 1980s), sounds decidedly like she’s on the outs with Baltimore Symphony management and ready to leave the orchestra she has led since 2007.

“I’m nearing the end of my tenure here,” Alsop said during a session with a group seeking to stabilize the financially troubled orchestra. “I find this is a difficult institution to get air time in because we don’t talk about the art first. Nobody ever talks to me. Barely.”

Alsop, whose current Baltimore contract expires in 2021, said the orchestra has not exploited opportunities to fully develop artistic initiatives or expand its audience, The Baltimore Sun’s Mary Carole McCauley reports: