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“Can women conduct?”: World-famous conductor Marin Alsop is taking her battle to Vienna

Conducting has long been the province of powerful men. But as the #MeToo movement comes to classical music, can an industry steeped in its ways change?

By Suna Erdem   March 2020

Marin Alsop raised her hands above her head. “You can’t imagine the conversations that happen up there,” she said, referring to the upper echelons of classical music. “I have musicians who say things like: ‘you know I really think this diversity thing is going to blow over.’” She paused. “Are you kidding me?” She went on to describe how one orchestra she leads…

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