The Conductor is documentary filmmaker Bernadette Wegenstein’s joyful biodoc about Marin Alsop, the first female conductor to direct a major American symphony orchestra.
Marin Alsop is currently the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Filmmaker Bernadette Wegenstein hails from Vienna, but now resides in Baltimore.
Using a wealth of archival and recently recorded footage with Marin Alsop’s on camera interviews and her voice over narration, Wegenstein follows the extraordinarily gifted, amazingly persistent, dramatically expressive and utterly charming maestra from her childhood in a musical household through her studies at Yale, her days as a violinist in a swing band, her education at Julliard and tutelage under the legendary Leonard Bernstein to her current status as one of the few and arguably the most highly regarded and sought after women wielding batons in the world’s classical music realm.
As the doc reveals, Alsop is also a master of giving back As such, she has brought enlightening music education to underprivileged children around the globe and guided other women conductors to successfully take the podium. Continue reading on CINEMA CITIZEN.