OK win for Canadian music director

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic has picked Alexander Mickelthwate, music director of the Winnipeg Symphony for the past 12 years, to succeed its founder-conductor, Joel Levine.

German-born, Mickelthwate, 46, has pushed Winnipeg into the front rank of Canadian orchestras.

He was selected from a strong field of six contenders over two and a half seasons and will start work as md-designate this September.

photo: Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman

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  • I’d hoped for Andreas Delfs, but I’m sure Mickelthwate will do well. One positive (I’m sure among many) is that he programmed a newer piece (Masquerade by Anna Clyne) during his “interview concert.” And he’ll be conducting Mason Bates and Piazzolla in the three concerts he’s conducting next season. Hopefully the conservative central OK crowd won’t be too stunned…

  • Congratulations , Alexander!
    How nice to hear Winnipeg Symphony is now into the front rank of canadian orchestras!
    Good job!
    Wish The Oklahoma City Philharmonic to be happy with their new Maestro exactly as the musicians of the Winnipeg Symphony were.

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