Florida Orchestra names Tyzik principal pops conductor

Posted on: June 8, 2012

In Thursday (6/7) Tampa Bay Times (Florida), John Fleming writes, “Jeff Tyzik is the new principal pops conductor of the Florida Orchestra. When he takes over next season, it will be the fourth orchestra with a pops program under his direction, and he has the frequent flier miles to prove it. … Tyzik, 60, will be only the third conductor to lead the pops series in the Florida Orchestra’s 44-year history. He fills a position that has been open since 2009. ‘I first started conducting there about 20 years ago when Skitch Henderson was pops music director,’ said Tyzik, who has conducted up to a dozen different programs with the orchestra through the years. ‘I’ve always had a great rapport with this orchestra. Like every orchestra in this country, they’ve been through some tough times. But I’ve noticed a spirit in the orchestra that transcends the difficulties.’ Tyzik’s longest tenure is with the Rochester Philharmonic, with whom he has been principal pops conductor for 18 years and is under contract until 2016. … The new Florida pops conductor will lead two programs in the 2012-13 season, beginning with three concerts of movie music on Thanksgiving weekend. In the following season, he will take on a more prominent role in the series of eight pops programs.”

Posted June 8, 2012