“In her 25 years with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Fran Delisle, aka the BSO’s head cheerleader, has helped the organization make beautiful music for the enjoyment of young and old,” writes Maria Sonnenberg in Thursday’s (1/3) Florida Today (Brevard County, FL). “During the 65th anniversary of her beloved orchestra, Delisle decided to hand the baton over to veteran orchestra administrator David Schillhammer, who will write his own score with the BSO come mid-January.… Through her tenure, she worked to change public perception of a symphony orchestra… While the King Center for the Performing Arts remained the orchestra’s home base, the BSO had no problem playing in … unique venues. ‘We played on a golf course in Viera and Suntree, at Front Street Park, in the middle of the street in downtown Melbourne, in a mall parking lot,’ said Delisle.… The orchestra’s popular—and free—family concerts … have introduced many a young person to the magic of music…. Of all the high notes she has enjoyed in her job, Delisle quickly points to … the arrival of Maestro Christopher Confessore…. She expects to remain connected to her beloved BSO, but … she said, ‘It’s time to step aside and let others have all the fun.’ ”

Posted January 9, 2019