Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Noah Vinzens, Schwäbische Zeitung, 21st January 2022

“Playful, cheeky, light-hearted: The oboe opens Maurice Ravel’s Orchestra Suite with a soft solo performance. The clarinet provides an answer while the string section is just quietly plucking away at their instruments in the background. “Le tombeau de Couperin” (Couperin’s Tomb), which Ravel had originally conceived as […]

Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Karl Georg Berg, Die Reinpfalz, 29th November 2021

“With the dazzlingly organised State Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Francis offered a [Brahm’s Symphony No. 3] rendition carried by great passion and intensity. The conductor succeeded in a fascinating way in making a much-played and well-known work sound as if it were new. The melancholy third movement […]

Review: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Gabor Halasz, Die Reinpfalz, 18th November 2021

“Michael Francis, as well as the rest of the program, did justice to Shchedrin’s brilliant compositional style, his imagination in the best possible way. His performance was meticulous, feeling spontaneous. He was always reacting quickly with exceptionally elegant conducting. It was experiencing a maestro in the best […]

Review: Small Jokes Among Friends

Frederik Hanssen, Der Tagesspiegel, 23rd October 2021

“There is a pleasant atmosphere of mindfulness and respect in the Konzerthaus on Friday. The naturalness with which Michael Francis shares the applause with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin after each piece, with which he appreciates the achievements of the soloists and the vocal groups, and the way in […]

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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