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Alsop To Be Director Of Baltimore Symphony

BALTIMORE (AP) — Marin Alsop, an American considered one of the world's top female conductors, is expected to be appointed music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, her publicist said Friday.

Pending approval of a contract, which was still being negotiated, and a vote Tuesday by the symphony's board, Alsop would take over in the 2007-2008 season, said publicist Jessica Lustig, confirming a report in The (Baltimore) Sun.

Calls to the orchestra by The Associated Press weren't immediately returned.

Because of previously scheduled events on her calendar, she would be "director designate" for the 2006-2007 season.

Alsop, 48, is currently principal conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. When she got that appointment in 2002, she became the first woman to take over a major British orchestra.

If approved at the Baltimore Symphony, she would lead an orchestra struggling with a $10 million accumulated deficit and replace Yuri Temirkanov, the Russian conductor who's stepping down at the end of the 2005-2006 season, his seventh with the orchestra.

Alsop has been lauded in America and Europe, working as a guest conductor with symphonies around the world. Before Bournemouth, she was music director for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade.


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