Marin Alsop leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

On Friday’s National Public Radio, reporter Scott Simon interviews conductor Marin Alsop about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts she was about to conduct over the weekend, which featured works by contemporary female composers, as well as the growing roles of women in classical music. Works on the Chicago Symphony concerts were “This Midnight Hour,” by former CSO Composer in Residence Anna Clyne, “Rounds,” by current CSO Composer in Residence Jessie Montgomery, and “Her Story,” a CSO co-commission by Julia Wolfe. Alsop also discusses social change, the #MeToo movement, media depictions of women conductors, and programs such as the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship, which Alsop launched in 2002 to further the development of women conductors.