Chicago’s Ravinia Festival taps Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director and onetime associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony, has been named chief conductor and curator of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

Alsop’s new appointment, initially under a two-year contract, comes a few months after she began her tenure as chief conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony in Austria.

The Ravinia post, which was created for Alsop, will allow her “to be weighing in on things that she has knowledge about, the things she’s interested in, the things she’s always well aware of that Ravinia does: the mix of programming, the education with little kids, since she’s so involved with kids in Baltimore. And being a terrific conductor who has wide breadth of repertoire, of which we’ve only begun to scratch the surface,” Welz Kauffman, the festival’s CEO, tells the Chicago Tribune:

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