CULTURE MONSTER

Marin Alsop: 56, music director of the Baltimore Symphony and principal conductor of the Sao Paulo State Symphony

"I find it fascinating that so many people have used the same tunes -- Bach's Toccata and Fugue; Beethoven's Symphony 5; Holst's Mars from the Planets; O Fortuna from Carmina Burana -- as inspiration for new creations. A great tune or hook transcends genres, doesn't it? I remember 'A Fifth of Beethoven' from the disco days -- I loved it, but all of my classical music friends thought it was blasphemous! The connection between rock and classical is a strong one. Think of 'Deep Purple' [pictured] and Jon Lord."
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