An American in Paris (and London, Amsterdam...)
One of America's most successful conductors, Marin Alsop, fresh from working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra this Summer, is poised to take Europe by storm.

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Her European season kicked off with a remarkable Orchestre de Paris debut in the Salle Pleyel in October, conducting Schwantner's Percussion Concerto with Evelyn Glennie, Barber's Symphony No 1, Bernstein's West Side Story Suite and Gershwin's American in Paris. She has been re-invited for Autumn 2000.

After her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra last April the Sunday Times proclaimed "Marin Alsop did more than enough to make one look forward immensely to her return." This Autumn she will indeed return to the Barbican, for a triple bill of one-act operas by Barber, Gershwin and Berstein (Alsop's mentor) and a performance of Reich's Desert Music, both with the City of London Sinfonia as part of the Barbican's Inventing America series.

The season continues with four concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic and concerts with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (Barber, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky), Northern Sinfonia and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Elgar, Dvorak). Her on-going relationship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is consolidated with two visits, including Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, the world premiere of a new choral work by their composer-in-residence Michael Torke, and the commencement of a Barber cycle in the recording studio.

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