“Brett Mitchell, associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, has been appointed music director of the Colorado Symphony,” writes Zachary Lewis in Monday’s (9/12) Plain Dealer (Cleveland). “He begins as music director designate and takes up the full mantle in 2017.” From 2007 to 2010, Mitchell participated in the League of American Orchestras’ American Conducting Fellowship. “For Mitchell, 37 … the move to Colorado marks an unusually large step up the musical ladder. While most Cleveland assistants have gone on to great things, none have leapt straight to a prominent music directorship. And yet the appointment is far from surprising. Indeed, for an orchestra like Colorado, just 26 years old and in the midst of a fiscal and artistic renaissance, Mitchell may be just the ticket. Already Mitchell said he intends to be anything but a conventional music director, leading, as he did here in Cleveland, not only classical concerts but family and pops programs as well.… Mitchell said his contract in Cleveland extends through the coming season. He will remain in Northeast Ohio through the coming year and fulfill all his regular duties, including those with” the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.
Posted September 13, 2016
Brett Mitchell photo: Roger Mastroianni