5 Questions with Marin Alsop [Video]

By Keegan Morris |

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"I think that art needs to serve the public... not just to be comforting and familiar, but to push the envelope," declares Marin Alsop. Speaking on the need for classical music to evolve and change, the celebrated conductor proudly admits that she's "not very good with all the rules of what falls into what category."

Earlier this month, the Ravinia Festival announced the appointment of Marin Alsop as its chief conductor and curator, a position created especially for her. One of the most visible and successful women conductors as well as an advocate for future generations of women artists, Alsop is a trailblazing figure in classical music. On the heels of her appointment, Alsop spoke with WFMT about working as a woman conductor, her mentor Leonard Bernstein, and why she's excited to take the baton at Ravinia.