In Sunday’s (4/10) Idaho Statesman (Boise), Dana Oland writes, “You never see Boise Philharmonic music director Robert Franz without a smile. Even when he’s conducting the orchestra with passionate and dramatic physicality. It’s the by-product of being eternally positive and loving what he does, and since he started as the head of the Boise Philharmonic in 2008, he has created a swell of optimism for the organization that is drawing the musicians, audience and board along with him. … Franz officially moved to Boise last year when he finished up his position as associate conductor in Buffalo, N.Y. He bought a fixer-upper in the North End and got busy knocking down walls, and making himself at home. He’s been busy professionally, too. Franz programs the Boise Philharmonic’s seasons, which now includes the Boise Master Chorale. He added a family concert series to his Boise roster and expanded the orchestra’s educational outreach. He testified before the Idaho Legislature last month on the importance of music and art education. He continues to travel to Houston where he is associate conductor at Houston Symphony.” Oland interviews Franz on the orchestra’s plans for 2011-12, its 50th anniversary season.
Posted April 11, 2011