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20 July, 2005 - Published 15:06 GMT
First woman leads Baltimore orchestra
The first woman to lead a major American orchestra has been appointed despite opposition from musicians. Marin Alsop was confirmed as musical director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This report from Oliver Conway:
The role of maestro in the world's top orchestras has traditionally been a male preserve. Now Marin Alsop has broken through, though not without opposition from some of those who will be working under her.
When it became clear she was going to be appointed, a statement from the musicians said a "vast majority" wanted the search to continue. But on Tuesday, the board of directors overwhelmingly affirmed her selection.
The orchestra was rehearsing at the time and received the news in silence, according to one musician. Another, who had sat on the search committee, said their artistic expertise was being disregarded.
Marin Alsop, a forty-eight-year-old American, is currently the principal director at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Britain. She will take up her new role in Baltimore when Yuri Temirkanov steps down at the end of the 2006- 2007 season.
Oliver Conway, BBC, Washington
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