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VIDEO: LIVE Backstage with Conductor Marin Alsop

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Conductor Marin Alsop leads the Grant Park Orchestra in three performances this week. She took time after her rehearsals in the Pritzker Pavilion in downtown Chicago to speak to WFMT host Dave Schwan and to answer your questions.

As a champion for new music, Alsop leads programs that feature works by modern and contemporary composers. On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 she conducts works by Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov – the later of whom will be present for the evening’s performance. On Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, she leads performances of Johnson’s Harlem Symphony and Victory Stride, Ellington’s Slave Song/Come Sunday and Imagine My Frustration. For good measure, the orchestra will also play Dvořák’s American-inspired Symphony No. 9, From the New World.

Hear about the programs and more in the live discussion below. And be sure to tune in to Friday’s program, which will be broadcast live on WFMT and WFMT.com

Marin Alsop also spoke with WFMT before a recent appearance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra about many topics including why there aren’t more women behind the podium, and what it’s like working as a queer woman in the arts. Read the interview here.

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