Robert Franz celebrates his 10th anniversary as associate conductor. He
has created a stimulating yet fun learning environment which has led to
an enormous demand for educational and family programming. Under his
leadership, attendance at family concerts has almost doubled. Franz is
committed to developing student audiences through activities that
include instructing students on the merits of active listening and is
well known for dressing up in costume to entertain children and their
parents, and make the music more engaging. Last season he was honored as
the first member of the orchestra conducting staff with the Raphael
Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership, presented in recognition of his
immense success in advancing the Houston Symphony’s educational and
community engagement activities.
Robert at the Cameron Symphony Explorer Concerts in Houston
Franz also conducts the “Summer Community Concert” series with programs
presented throughout the greater Houston area. These concerts are
designed to create a positive experience for a diverse community by
bringing the world of classical music out of the traditional concert
Highlights of this season include performances of Dvorak’s Symphony No.
8 as well as major works by Verdi, Debussy and Beethoven. Thematic
concerts such as Pirates in concert, A Grinch Christmas, Be Our Guest
and Fiesta will feature partnerships with students and professional
artists from the Houston area.