The Conductor - Centerpiece Documentary


Internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop smashed the glass ceiling when she became the first woman to serve as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. The Conductor takes the audience backstage to the artistry and energy that rewards her audiences and inspires her students. With unprecedented access, the director and film crew accompany Marin Alsop to concerts around the world from Mozart’s Magic Flute in São Paulo, to Mahler’s 1st Symphony in Lucerne, to Bernstein’s Mass in Baltimore, and her opening concert in Vienna. Born into a musical and Jewish family in New York, Marin set her sights on becoming a conductor at just nine years old while accompanying her father to one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts. Although a talented musician, Marin's heart was set on conducting, and she is met with rejection at every turn based on her gender. A joyful tribute to perseverance, resiliency, and most of all the music, The Conductor is a profile of one groundbreaking woman who believes in the transformational power of art.

Preceded by the short film, The Violin Upstairs: A short animated documentary that tells the story of the previous owners of the filmmaker's violin.

Sponsored by the Laszlo N Tauber Family Foundation

NOTE: This film is available in California

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Cailin McFadden