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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced that accomplished conductor and Naxos artist Marin Alsop will receive a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, a five-year unrestricted fellowship totaling $500,000 ($100,000/year) awarded to individuals across all ages and fields who, according to the MacArthur Foundation, “show exceptional merit and promise of continued and enhanced creative work.”

On its web site (, The MacArthur Fellowship described Alsop as “among the most accomplished conductors working today . . . Through her musicality, her skill in making the unusual understandable, and her championing of contemporary music, Alsop defies stereotypes and offers a new model of leadership for orchestras in the U.S. and abroad.”

When asked for a comment on news of the Fellowship, known as a “genius award,” Alsop said, “I am deeply honored and grateful for the recognition and encouragement from the MacArthur Foundation.  I hope to use the award to stimulate many projects that have interested me for a long time, such as expanding the Taki Concordia Fellowship, finding ways to encourage the orchestras I work with to innovate and experiment, and encouraging the performance of new works. I will need time to strategize and enjoy thinking through how I can use these funds to make a real difference.”

For further information about the MacArthur Fellows Program, including a list of the 2005 recipients, please visit

On October 11th, Naxos will release a new recording of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Hungarian Dances, the second installment in its Brahms symphonies cycle featuring Marin Alsop and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The first CD in the cycle, a recording of Symphony No. 1, the “Tragic” Overture, and the “Academic Festival” Overture (8557428), was released in February 2005 to significant critical acclaim.

The Brahms cycle is only the latest in a string of critically acclaimed projects involving Alsop and Naxos, including a recent recording of Kurt Weill’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (8557481).  Alsop has also narrated the Naxos AudioBook The Story of Classical Music, which was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album for Children GRAMMY Award, and the new Famous Composers, out in Fall 2005.

For further information about Marin Alsop, visit


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