Baltimore symphony director signs 5-year-contract

Marin Alsop
Baltimore Examiner

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra says music director Marin Alsop has signed a new, five-year contract with the orchestra.

In announcing the contract Thursday, BSO Board Chairman Michael Bronfein said Alsop is both an artist and humanitarian who's revitalized the organization and renewed the orchestra's purpose.

Alsop is considered one of the world's top female conductors. When she was appointed music director of the BSO in 2005, it sparked a rare public revolt among some musicians who objected to the process that led to the appointment.

But Alsop has a reputation for connecting with audiences, and her tenure has coincided with a rise in subscriptions.

Alsop took the helm of the BSO in 2007. Her new contract starts in 2010 and ends in August 2015.