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Marin Alsop: speed interview

Tue 1 Dec 2009

Ahead of our concerts with her on 5 December, we, together with Southbank Centre, asked Marin a few questions:

What do you fear the most?
Losing my independence as I get older

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My family

What – or where – is perfection?
On the podium when everyone is completely “in the zone” and creating great, inspired music together

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Horatio Alger – I still believe in the American dream

What’s your favourite ritual?
I love Sunday mornings with pancakes, the paper and, most importantly, my son and partner.  We usually go for a hike in the Colorado mountains afterwards.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Barack Obama – he’s all about what CAN be.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I’d love to be a gymnast, back flips and the works!

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre (Royal Festival Hall/Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room/Hayward Gallery)?
Conducting Bolero at the Festival Hall reopening was very exciting; it felt like being part of history.

What’s your favourite website?
The one I visit most often, to check on my calendar is www.marinalsop.com otherwise there are many others I use all the time especially Wikipedia.

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Leonard Bernstein, and the Beatles.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Perseverance is the key to success. Work hard and maximize every opportunity!

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Mahler Symphony 9

Do you have a New Year’s resolution for 2010?
Always try to get healthier!

Marin conducts us on 5 December at 7pm at Southbank’s Centre’s Queen Elizabeth hall, and again at 10pm in The Night Shift. Tickets

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The Night Shift: Your choice

Thu 26 Nov 2009

Our next Night Shift is coming up on 5 December – in the 10pm concert Marin Alsop is conducting Mozart Symphony No. 40, while before the concert there is live music from cellist Andy Nice. Afterwards DJ Rico Portland is playing until 1am, and we’re giving you the chance to choose a track to play as part of his set.  He’s shortlisted 6 tracks and you can vote for your choice here, and listen to the tracks on the You Tube links below:

1) Deadmau5 – Strobe
2) Kenneth Bager ft Julee Cruise – Fragment Two (The First Picture)
3) Mandalay – Beautiful (Canny Remix)
4) First State – Reach Me
5) Rob D – Clubbed to Death
6) FC Kahuna – Hayling

 

Find out more about The Night Shift and book tickets at the special minisite

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New season

Thu 16 Apr 2009

We talked a while back about the photoshoot for our new brochure. Well we’re now busy designing said brochure, but we thought you’d like a sneak peak at one of pics. Pictured (l-r) are Catherine Ford, Philip Bainbridge (and his dog), Katherine Hart, Neil McLaren and Jenny Bullock. The new season at Southbank Centre has just gone on sale – in a future post we’ll talk about what we’re all looking forward to most, but to just pick out a few obvious highlights we’ve got a complete run of Beethoven Symphonies, a very rare OAE venture into Elgar with The Dream of Gerontius, Donizetti’s opera Maria di Rohan (a collaboration with Opera Rara)  and a concert unpicking Mozart’s Symphony No.40 with the brilliant Marin Alsop.  You can look (and book, should you feel so inclined) at all the concerts here, and we’ll let you know when a downloadable brochure is ready. Happy browsing!

William, Marketing Director

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