Alexander Mickelthwate (Keith Levit)
"I am completely enthralled with the creative spirit of him and the company and especially his very colourful, almost crazy beginnings..."
—Alexander Mickelthwate, WSO Conductor
The life of a conductor involves lots of reading - scores, that is. In his sixth season as conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Mickelthwate leads the WSO through most of their major concerts each season, including the New Music Festival which kicks off Saturday January 28.
Mickelthwate's passion for music has roots in his German upbringing where many of the composers were masters of the European tradition. His own musical palette is broad and so he is a perfect fit for the WSO's New Music Festival.
SCENE wondered whether the maestro ever uses his conducting baton as a bookmark. And what that book might be. No surprise, he's the second celebrity to recommend Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.