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.

The team player

Frank Pommer, Die Rheinpfalz, 6th December 2018

Ludwigshafen: Francis presented as the new chief conductor of the Staatsphilharmonie

Palatinate Ticker, Die Rheinpfalz, 6th December 2018

Born in 1976, British conductor Michael Francis was introduced on Thursday at the Ludwigshafen Philharmonic as the new chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. He succeeds Karl-Heinz Steffens and from September 2019 will take over the musical responsibility of the most important Rhineland-Palatinate orchestra – in time […]

In a new season, Florida Orchestra expands reach, new top soloists

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 5th September 2018

The Florida Orchestra has prepared a 51st season with a wide range of grand masters and newer work, an increased visibility for minorities and women and more collaborations with museums and other artistic institutions.

Masterworks highlights include the opening, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (the first time […]

Conductor Michael Francis returns to Blossom on August 5

Mike Telin, Cleveland Classical, 31st July 2018

When Michael Francis made his Cleveland Orchestra debut last summer, the British-born conductor brought along a program that featured music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams. When he returns to the Blossom Music Center stage on Sunday, August 5 at 7:00 pm, he will lead the Orchestra in a […]

Florida Orchestra to offer violin lessons for at-risk Tampa youth

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 17th May 2018

The Florida Orchestra will begin tutoring at-risk children free of charge, thanks to a Hillsborough County grant.

The $80,000 grant to the University Area Community Development Corp. pays for six weeks of violin instruction at select recreation centers, from the second week of June through the third week […]

The Florida Orchestra taps composer Michael Ippolito to capture the state’s sound

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 23rd February 2018

The composer sat in semi-darkness, his hand drifting like a slow pendulum at his side. On the Mahaffey Theater stage, the violins led a creaking and mysterious journey through a cypress swamp, the inspiration for the first movement.

The conductor stopped.

“Can we try something?” Florida Orchestra music director […]

Florida Orchestra mixes it up, collaborates with community in 2018-19 season

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 8th February 2018

Themes are useful sometimes. Right now, the Florida Orchestra is still enjoying the heart of its 50th anniversary season, which has been big and loud and celebratory.

At other times, maybe it’s best to just put a fine program together and let the public decide what to call […]

Sting performs with the Florida Orchestra for 50th Anniversary Gala

Gabriella Angotti-Jones and Chris Urso, Tampa Bay Times, 10th December 2017

Sting was the guest and performer of honor for the Florida Orchestra’s fundraising gala Saturday in St. Pete. Sting performed some of his notable songs; Englishman in New York, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Roxanne.