“When Paul Frank was hired as executive director of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in 2016, he called it his ‘dream job,’ the perfect fit for his business acumen and musical artistry,” writes Jeanne Theismann in Wednesday’s (3/15) Alexandria Gazette Packet (Va.). “Frank was leading the ASO search to replace longtime conductor Kim Allen Kluge when he died March 13 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. ‘Paul was a combination of businessman and music man,’ said Gant Redmon, a friend of Frank’s for more than a quarter century. ‘He was an excellent fundraiser and superb performer and excelled in all the various phases of his career.’ … Frank was born in Washington, D.C. … and graduated from George Washington University. An accomplished musician, Frank led The Collegians musical group during the 1970s and later performed as both a solo pianist and accompanist throughout the greater Washington area including the Kennedy Center, the Jewish Community Center and countless other venues…. Most recently he was the interim executive director for the McLean Symphony Orchestra…. He is a former president of the Alexandria Arts Forum.” He is survived by his wife, Barbie Beggs Frank, two sons and a daughter, and two stepchildren.
Posted March 20, 2017