43 Florida Orchestra musicians unite for virtual performance

Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times, 17th April 2020

It’s been six weeks since the Florida Orchestra’s last performance, and it’ll be another few weeks, at least, before they return.

In the meantime, they just dropped a performance from their homes.

Forty-three musicians have united for a virtual performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, released by the orchestra […]

The Florida Orchestra says ‘Thanks’ and more

Bill DeYoung, St. Pete Catalyst, 17th April 2020

The Florida Orchestra’s music director, Michael Francis, appeared in a wide-ranging Catalyst Sessions interview earlier this week. During a discussion of the organization’s new TFO At Home initiative, he described “a lot of content from us really trying to make sure people will feel very connected.”

TFO At […]

‘Believe in the pencil’: At the Florida Orchestra, the music’s in the margins

Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times, 23rd March 2020

The violins are late.

The players can’t hear it, but Michael Francis can. He knew he would. It’s common in this section of Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7, a complex whirlpool of interlocking tempos and dynamics. And if he can hear it, the audience might, too.

He waves his […]

A Natural Fit of Music and Art

Jane L. Levere, New York Times, 23rd October 2019

“From January through May next year, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Fla., will display over 100 set designs and original costumes from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts in a traveling exhibition developed by the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. It will […]

Florida Orchestra names St. Petersburg painter first-ever ‘visual artist-in-residence’

Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times, 13th September 2019

Back in March, the Florida Orchestra collaborated with St. Petersburg artist Geff Strik on a multimedia performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. Strik painted a series of scenes inspired by the piece, which were filmed and projected above the orchestra during the concert.

Among those knocked out by […]

Musikfest Speyer: The number of visitors increase by twelve percent

Claudia Heck, Die Rheinpfalz, 11th July 2019

After four days, seven concerts, five venues, and a gratifying percentage of seats sold, the German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate delivers a positive summary of its summer residence in Speyer.

Judith Schor, head of communications and dramatization at “Just under 2000 patrons paid a visit to the city […]

Elite musicians from all over the world meet in San Diego every year for the Mainly Mozart Festival

Beth Wood, U-T San Diego, 26th May 2019

A gathering of high-caliber musicians from prestigious orchestras from around the world is a treat for both audiences and musicians. It also raises the level of the performance, which makes everyone involved even happier.

This synergistic dynamic is a big reason behind the Mainly Mozart Festival’s success and […]

Francis is enthusiastic about the Staatsphilharmonie

Stefan M. Dettlinger, Mannheimer Morgen, 7th December 2018

He will commute between Florida and Ludwigshafen, says Michael Francis in an interview with this newspaper. The new Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz is in fact head of the Florida orchestra. Francis is the absolute favorite candidate of the Ludwigshafener Orchester.

Michael Francis takes over for the anniversary

Stefan M. Dettlinger, Mannheimer Morgen, 7th December 2018

The praise is exuberant. And it comes not only from the heart, but also from all sides. From the minister. From the director. And, which is by no means self-evident, the orchestra, notably Daniel Kroh, who warmly welcomes the new Chief Conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie in […]

Michael Francis new chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

SWR2, 6th December 2018

Michael Francis will be the new chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season. This season is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the orchestra.