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There’s been a change in the Boise Philharmonic conductor search

Currently the music director for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Alexander Micklethwate is now one of the seven conductors vying for the Boise Philharmonic’s music director position vacated by Robert Franz.
Currently the music director for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, Alexander Micklethwate is now one of the seven conductors vying for the Boise Philharmonic’s music director position vacated by Robert Franz.

The Boise Philharmonic music director candidate Brett Mitchell withdrew from the pool of finalists last week. Currently an associate conductor for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, he accepted another appointment that will be announced in a few weeks.

Alexander Micklethwate will fill his spot as a finalist for the Boise Phil’s music director position that was left by Robert Franz at the end of last season. He is now one of the final seven who will vie for the job. Each concert for the 2016-17 season will feature a conductor candidate, a soloist and a full symphony performance.

Micklethwate, 46, has quite the international resume. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, he is an American citizen and currently is the music director for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Manitoba, Canada.

He began his American career as assistant conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has a long list of European credits, including his debut with the Hamburg Symphony. He’s also been an associate at the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. He has guest conducted the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Seattle and Houston symphonies.

If his name sounds familiar, he was a guest conductor with the Boise Phil in October 2014. In April 2017, Micklethwate will lead the BP orchestra and Master Chorale for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Read a story from Treasure Magazine about the search and the candidates here.

Boise Philharmonic 2016-’17 season

You’ll hear the seven candidates for the music director’s position during the season. Concerts are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.

▪  Aram Demirjian, pianist Andrew von Oeyen and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1: Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

▪  Michelle Merrill, violinist Caroline Goulding and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto: Oct. 21-22.

▪  Keitaro Harada, pianist Kevin Cole and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue: Saturday, Nov. 12- Sunday, Nov. 13.

▪  Holiday Pops (a guest conductor to be announced): Dec. 9-10.

▪  Alastair Willis, pianist Joachin Achúcarro and Grieg’s Piano Concerto: Jan. 27-28, 2017.

▪  Andrés Franco, cellist Edgar Moreau and Elgar’s Cello Concerto: Feb. 17-18, 2017.

▪  Eric Garcia, violinist David Kim and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto: Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 2017.

▪  Alexander Micklethwate and the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: April 7-8, 2017.

Season tickets: $90-$459 in Boise, $81-$260 in Nampa; Single tickets: $24.50-$70.50 in Boise, $22.50-$45 in Nampa. 344-7849. BoisePhil.org.

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