Marin Alsop, our very own Baltimore Symphony music director and leading conductor, internationally acclaimed, numerously awarded and most widely acknowledged.Nothing on earth could have prepared us for what happened next. As we were about to leave, in walked
She looked exactly like in all her pictures, and exactly the way she looked on this night: stylish, classy and very sophisticated. I whispered to Troy who the lady was, and he looked very interested.
As Ms. Alsop and her friends stopped not far from us, we came up and I introduced myself and Troy. I told her that I was a huge fan and we shook hands. Then she looked at Troy and noticed his “baton”, and I told her that he loves “conducting” and that it’s his “baton”. She smiled and said” Really? Are you a conductor?” Troy did not say anything but looked at her very seriously and waved his “baton” in confirmation of my words.
Oh, I know my friends. You are thinking “Where is the picture of Marin Alsop and Troy together?” Somehow I could not bring myself to ask her. Some inner feeling, (call it intuition if you will) told me that under given circumstances this was just not the right thing to do. So I didn’t. But I could tell that, fascinated by conducting as he is these days, Troy was very impressed to have met a real conductor!!!
Music lovers, no matter what age or proficiency level, all think alike. When a Saturday morning has nothing but pouring rain to offer, they still know how to have a good time. They just head to an art museum!