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Mannheim: Michael Francis and the State Philharmonic decide “Modern Times”

Gabor Halasz, Die Rheinland, 12th September 2021

Under Francis’ perfectly clear, precise and elegant baton, the State Philharmonic’s performance was extremely concentrated, compact and passionate throughout. In this regard, the eloquence of the conductor’s communication must also be emphasized, which vividly indicated the phrasing, articulation, expression and dynamic. The music lived, breathed and spoke […]

Concert Review

Jan-Geert Wolff, Allgemeine Beitung, 7th September 2021

“…it was a special sound experience, which was foremost also thanks to the empathetic playing of the musicians. If in the original one is astonished by the pianissimo in the beginning, here it sounds almost crystalline fine. Above all, the interpretation distinguishes itself by enormous transparency with its […]

The Florida Orchestra announces its 2021-2022 season

Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times, 19th May 2021

As the Florida Orchestra wraps up its revised 2020-21 season, it announces its 2021-22 season beginning in the fall. While the past season saw fewer musicians on stage, reduced audience size and shows at just one venue, the new season brings back a full symphony with full […]

Francis, Florida Orchestra set a ‘normal’ concert season, to start in September

Bill DeYoung, St Pete Cataylst, 19th May 2021

Michael Francis is on the phone, talking about The Florida Orchestra’s most recent big score: Eighty concerts since October, for 80 live audiences, in a safe and socially-distanced environment.

“Obviously, nobody wanted this terrible pandemic, but once it happened all we could do was make the best of […]

Inside the Music: Beethoven Symphony No. 7

PBS-WEDU, Aired 31st December 2020

A special broadcast recorded live at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Music Director Michael Francis will be your guide before a performance of the full symphony in honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.

2020 year in review: San Diego’s best concerts (pre- and post-pandemic): From clubs and theaters to drive-in parking lot gigs

George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27th December 2020

“Mainly Mozart paved the way for drive-in classical music concerts, presenting 19 of them (and one jazz performance by sax great Charles McPherson) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds between July and October. The culminating October concerts featured the 34-piece Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra…

Five favorite 2020 classical concerts
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If You Play It, They Will Come!

Jim Farber, San Francisco Classical Voice, 20th October 2020

“It was an emotional moment reminiscent of the final scene in Field of Dreams, when Saturday night a seemingly endless line of cars snaked its way toward the vibrantly glowing stage in front of the Del Mar Racetrack Arena — all for a chance to enjoy […]

Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Markus Pacher, Die Rheinpfalz, 26th September 2020

“It remains a mystery how the State Philharmonic repeatedly manages to prove its reputation as an orchestral precision element despite these difficult times. “

The Florida Orchestra is back: Here’s the revised fall season

Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times, 23rd September 2020

After a long spring and summer of empty stages and virtual performances due to the pandemic, the return of live Florida Orchestra concerts is music to audiences’ ears.

The orchestra announced its revised fall 2020-21 season on Tuesday. It opens Oct. 31 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at […]

Crazy music for a crazy time

Frank Pommer, Die Rheinpfalz, 14th September 2020

“Chief conductor Michael Francis and artistic director Beat Fehlmann were able to come up with a very appealing, COVID-19-compliant replacement program, which let all wind (and double bass) musicians play first and then it was the string players’ turn. We have not seen this many musicians on a […]