In Sunday’s (5/9) Saginaw News (Michigan), Sue White reports, “Brett Mitchell, newly named conductor of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, promises to help the organization embrace life outside the concert hall. After searching more than a year for a successor to Patrick Flynn, who died in September 2008, the symphony board named Mitchell on Saturday during a private party at the Temple Theatre for sponsors and season ticket holders. … Mitchell bested five other finalists and 160 candidates overall. In July, Mitchell begins his tenure as the symphony’s new conductor. … About two hours after the announcement, Mitchell picked up the baton at the nearly sold out Maestro Masquerade.” Mitchell will conduct the orchestra’s September 18 season opener, featuring music by Mahler, Mozart, and Kevin Puts. “Mitchell, a native of Seattle, serves as assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and the Orchestre National de France.” Mitchell is a League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellow.
Posted May 11, 2010