WSO: French Connections

WSO: French Connections
January 22, 2019 paperlesslion

Maestro Robert Franz will lead the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in “French Connections” on Saturday at the Capitol – Penastar Theater in Windsor.  The concert features the world premiere of acclaimed Canadian composer Jordan Pal’s ScyllaTrombone Concerto with trombonist Gordon Wolfe.  Also included on the program is Debussy’s Printemps, Saint Saens’ Symphony No. 2 in A Minor, and Faure’s Masques et Bergamasques. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Jan. 26.

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A champion of new music, this is the third Pal work that Robert Franz has programmed with Windsor Symphony Orchestra.  Affiliate composer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the CBC described Jordan Pal’s music as “some of the most beautiful [they] have heard in recent years…shimmering and warm, quivering with life and intelligence.”  Commissioned by the Windsor Symphony, ScyllaTrombone Concerto, is a 25 minute work featuring Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Gordon Wolfe.  

In his sixth season as the Windsor Symphony’s Music Director, Franz is a recent recipient of the Windsor Endowment for the Arts Leadership award (May 2018) and continues to make a positive impact on the community resulting in the extension of the number of subscription weeks to satisfy the demand. Known for galvanizing audiences and communities alike, he has developed collaborations with the Windsor International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Canadian Historical Aviation Association, The University of Windsor and St. Clair College. Highlights of previous seasons include sold out performances of La Boehme as part of their opera festival, the Canadian chamber opera, Pat and Emilia, and a highly acclaimed Mozart mini-festival.  

Emerging as one of the most talented conductors of his generation, Robert Franz is praised for his “extremely musical and passionate approach towards music making,” and critics have hailed his “masterly pace, emphasis and technical control” calling his conducting “viscerally thrilling.” Franz’s appeal as a first-rate conductor and enthusiastic award-winning educator is acclaimed by critics, composers and audiences of all ages.  In increasing demand as a guest conductor, Franz’ recent engagements include guest appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore, Phoenix and St. Louis Symphonies, and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Italy.  

Dedicated to educating the next generation of musicians Maestro Franz is in his 2nd season as co-Founder and Music Director of the Idaho Orchestra Institute.  Franz also serves as Music Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and is Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony.