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10 Questions for the Great Conductor, Marin Alsop

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Support for this podcast and the following message. Come from internet essentials from Comcast. Connecting more than six million low income people to low cost high speed internet at home. So students are ready for homework class graduation and more. Now, they're ready for anything. This is Christopher o'riley. And thanks for downloading are bonus content podcast, featuring one of America's finest music, directors and conductors the all around groundbreaking Merrin supp-. We met Merrin during a show we recorded that featured the national youth orchestra of the USA. She was their guest conductor. She's also an old friend. So it was a total pleasure to reconnect. Merrin. We go back a long time. So I hope you don't mind. I feel empowered to conduct this interview a little bit more informally than I would normally. But I'm not sure about the word conduct. Maybe one. I'll stay out of that territory. I apologize. I've a list of ten questions. So I want you to answer them just kind of free associatively. And then maybe maybe at the end, we'll go back and sure or move onto more serious stuff you game for that. Absolutely. Unreal. Okay. What's your favorite place in the world to be on the weekend? My house name a guilty pleasure. Edible chocolate milk chocolate or dark chocolate dark chocolate milk chocolate. It's better for you. But you said didn't have to be good for me. Now. I know you grew up as a violinist. But would you say that instrument? Best represents your personality. Oh, I think I would have preferred to be a rock and roll through her. Nice by all means. Yeah. Youthful favorite book or author. You've read recently. Oh recently. Well, my favorite author is a good friend of mine, Anna quindlin, I love her writing. She's phenomenal. So you've read everything I'm sure everything not keep calling her and saying, right? Some more. Favourite film director or movie. Oh, I, you know, I I'm I'm partial to some very kind of sentimental movies. I and I love MRs Doubtfire, I even bought it recently. So that I could watch it while I'm travelling all the time as I love, Robin Williams, fantastic incredible movie to who's your favorite actress, and Robin Williams can't be your favorite actress while you could be right. Yeah. That's true. Oh, gosh. I don't know. You know, I I there's so many incredibly talented people. But I guess I'm of the generation that Meryl Streep Bill we'll always, you know, set the bar that high for me, absolutely any favorite non classical music. You've been listening to recently. You know, I I enjoy pop music. I really like listening to a variety of things and the rental car. I have it's you know, has XM radio. And so I shouldn't. Oh, maybe I shouldn't say that. Right. Oh. So it's so all these pop stations coming up. So I'm, you know, I'm rocking out in the car. I just love, you know, the one thing I can't do to relax us to listen to classical music because you know, it requires so much of my brain. So any other kata music? I really enjoy. Name a person, we might not know who's had a major influence on you or has been a major inspiration. Oh, gosh. That's that. You might not know. Well, there are a lot of a lot of people. You know, I would say that the person you definitely don't know is a math teacher I had in highschool named Larry Hopkins who he's passed away now, but because of him I was able to longtime ago start programming computers, and realizing my potential in that Rome, and you know, he opened that door to possibility. And it made me realize also what an incredible influence a teacher can be. What color doesn't work on? You orange is really bad such a creative. Caller, though. Isn't it is? But you know on a leave it for cresent. Yeah. I can't do it. And speaking of which what's what's on your political front burner these days? No, no. I can't go there. Simply cannot go there because you know, everything will explode. Let's just hope you know. I'm just hoping that I'm hoping that we can somehow get rational and do what's right for the majority of people who are underserved in our country because you know, shocking as someone who travels the world to come back to our cities and see how some of our children have to live in the United States of America is totally unacceptable. I was I was going to get to your you're serious stuff. Now, you're global perspective as as a as an artist of the world. What do you think we're doing right here in the states? And what do you think we should change radically as an artist you mean in terms of the arts? Well, you know, I think we should all follow the model. Oh of Carnegie Hall, you know, trying to create access and inclusion for as many people as possible. And I think the great thing about Carnegie, I didn't mean for this to be a commercial for them necessarily. But they set the the set the bar so high for all of us, and then they offer all these programmes for free. You know, so that everyone can participate. So that there are no barriers. And I think that's what we should all try to do as an orchestral conductor. You know, I'm always trying to think of ways to open the doors to the hall. So that people who normally come in can get there. So I think if we join arms, you know, we can really make a difference. I know we're coming up on the centennial of the birth of Leonard Bernstein. And I know he was somebody in your life for a while anything you want to share. Well, he was my you know, he was the the person that you would have known my big inspiration because I saw him conduct. When I was nine years old. Then I as soon as I saw my tournament data is like, oh, I wanna be the conductor, and I never change my mind. And, you know, the the great great joy for me was that eventually became my teacher and mentor, and again, this idea that that teachers and mentors at, you know, even the smallest word can change young person's life, and he dramatically changed my life from the age of nine all the way until he passed away. So thinking about his centennary, I think we should try to model ourselves as citizens of the world. Not just citizens of music. Thank you, Marilyn, cool. All right. That was good. We should do this more often, right? And now we will hear this great citizen of the world conduct. The national youth orchestra of the United States of America as they performed short ride in a fast machine by John Adams. Incredible defendants national orchestra of the United States of America under Maron. They performed short ride fast machine by John Adams. Thanks for listening to this bonus content podcast to hear the full show, featuring marranos up and the national youth orchestra of the United States. Download show three forty three Purchase New York. And we'd love to hear from you. You can leave a message on our Facebook page. Facebook dot com slash from the top fans or on Twitter at classical kid or find us on itunes and leave us a review.

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