ROBERT FRANZ will lead his final concerts as resident conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra this summer. In his four seasons with the BPO he has created and conducted programs for family, education, pops and classical concerts, garnering a BPO/Erie County Music Educators Association Award in 2008 and playing a major role in activities for which the orchestra was awarded the League of American Orchestras/ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming that same year. From 1997 to 2006 Franz was associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, where his work in education contributed to that orchestra receiving the Bernstein Award in 2001. Franz remains music director of the Boise Philharmonic in Idaho and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, and is now completing his first season as associate conductor of the Houston Symphony.  

Posted June 3, 2009