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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra director to deliver the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

| By Stephanie Weaver
Marin Alsop

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, for the 25th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

Originally from New York City, Alsop holds degrees from Yale University and The Juilliard School. Her conducting career launched in 1989—the same year she became the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was a pupil of Leonard Bernstein.

As music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has created bold initiatives that have contributed to the wider Baltimore community and reached new audiences since 2007. Alsop and the BSO will celebrate their centenary in 2016.

Alsop has served as music director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 1992, and was named music director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2013. Alsop has guest-conducted orchestras across the world, includ­ing Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concert­gebouw, La Scala Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and London Symphony and Philharmonic.

The only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, awarded to U.S. residents in recognition of exceptional creative work, Alsop is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year in 2008 and inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2011, she became the only classical musician to be included in the Guardian’s “Top 100 Women.” Alsop is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Ticket information:

Mount Saint Agnes College alumnae will be able to buy tickets beginning Sept. 25 for $10. Tickets will be available for Loyola alumni starting Oct. 9 for $10. A limited number of tickets will become available to Loyola students, faculty, and staff on Oct. 19. If tickets are leftover, a sale to the general public will be released at a cost of $15.

For additional event and ticket information, please contact the office of alumni relations at 410-617-2475 or, or visit

About the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture Series:

Founded in the early 1980s and named in honor of the late Sister Mary Cleophas Costello, RSM, former president of Mount Saint Agnes College, which joined with Loyola University Maryland in 1971, the Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture features addresses by prominent women who embody the ideals Sr. Cleophas espoused, including scholarship, leadership, and artistic ability. Previous Sister Cleophas Costello lecturers have included authors Amy Tan, Mary Higgins Clark, and Piper Kerman, poet Maya Angelou, and musician Mary Chapin-Carpenter.

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