The Conductor

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The Conductor

When she was nine, Marin Alsop attended one of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts and announced she was going to be a conductor. Four decades later—after facing endless obstacles—Alsop was named the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s music director, becoming the first woman ever to head a major American symphony, and she went on to enjoy international renown. With unprecedented access, director Bernadette Wegenstein takes us around the world and behind the scenes, illuminating both Alsop’s extraordinary performances and her inspiring work with students, particularly aspiring female conductors. The Conductor is a joyful profile of a groundbreaking woman who believes in the transformational power of art.


“The movie’s surest asset as a feminist narrative is how Alsop’s example demystifies conducting while still retaining its power to enchant us, and yet look like the hard work that it is. It’s in how she talks about it as ‘a way to feel human.’ It’s in the moments we see her at the stand in rehearsal or performance, like a dynamic beacon for harmony instead of the historically accepted image of the imperious, stodgy (and male) taskmaster.”
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

This film is part of the Jewish Film Festival 2022 series.

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