Bill DeYoung, St. Pete Catalyst, 15th February 2023

Michael Francis, music director and conductor for The Florida Orchestra since 2015, has signed a contract extension that will keep him behind the podium through 2030.

The five-year extension is the third for Francis, the native of Great Britain who replaced Stefan Sanderling as music director.

His guaranteed 15 years’ tenure in the chief artistic position will be second only to that of Irwin Hoffman, the orchestra’s first music director, who conducted from 1968 to 1988.