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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.

Students get an opportunity to make music with Florida Orchestra

Michele Miller, Tampa Bay Times, 23rd October 2017

The excitement was palpable as students hopped off their school buses and streamed into the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

“We’re packed, sold out,” said the center’s director, Rick D’Onofrio, sporting a wide grin as he guided the chattering students into their seats while members of […]

Here’s what the Florida Orchestra will perform for its 50th anniversary season

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 27th September 2017

As the Florida Orchestra gears up for its golden anniversary in the Tampa Bay area, we asked music director Michael Francis to share his thoughts on the classical lineup. Highlights include at least two orchestral and choral blockbusters, the season-opening Carmina Burana and the Verdi Requiem, plus […]

Florida Orchestra hits the half-century mark on a triumphant note

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times, 27th September 2017

The Florida Orchestra began 50 years ago with a mixture of nervousness and pride, dreams of artistic excellence and an accompanying surge for the arts on both sides of Tampa Bay.

The decades since have seen improvements as the orchestra has survived through a series of financial crises. […]

Livestream: ARD International Competition – Final Concert

Michael Francis will conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of the ARD International Music Competition. The final performance will be livestreamed on Friday, 15th September 2017 at 8pm Central European Summer Time.

Livestream: ARD International Competition – Oboe Finalists

Michael Francis will conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of the ARD International Music Competition. The oboe finalists’ performances will be livestreamed on Sunday, 10th September 2017 at 4pm Central European Summer Time.