Alexander Mickelthwate
(c) Tony Nardella

One of the younger American orchestras, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, founded in 1988, has announced the successor to Joel Levine who has led the orchestra for all 28 seasons of its history and will retire in May 2018.

The new music director is the German born Alexander Mickelthwate, 46. After his studies at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore he began his North American career as assistant conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and later served as associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has been the music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for 12 years.

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