In his fifth season as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra,
Robert Franz continues to adhere to the philosophy of building
partnerships between musical entities.
Robert Franz at the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and The Art Gallery of Windsor.
Photos: Colin Sharpe
This season, the orchestra will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary
with a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with a chorus of more
than 150 voices and the world premiere of Canadian composer Jordan Pal’s
Fallen. The orchestra also will celebrate the city of Windsor’s 125th
anniversary with a joint presentation of Brahm’s Haydn Variations with
the poet laureate of Windsor, Marty Gervais and friends celebrating the
rich history of the city. Additional highlights include their third
concert opera with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and acclaimed Canadian
pianist Alain LeFevre will join the orchestra for Andre Mathieu’s
Rhapsodie Romantique. In keeping with the celebration of milestones, the
orchestra will play a program of nature-inspired works at the new
visitor’s center of the Point Pelee National Park to mark its 100th
anniversary. The WSO will complete its Bach Brandenburg cycle with
Concerti No. 5 and No. 6, along with works by three of Bach’s sons.
The pops season opens with a Star Wars “Name That Tune” contest and ends
with the Canadian Brass joining the orchestra for the first time in many
years. As always, Franz and the orchestra plan some surprises for
patrons this year.
The WSO continues to expand its educational opportunities with high
school offerings that include side-by-side experiences for ensembles
attending its concerts. The entire core of the WSO will reach out to its
youngest audience members with appearances at their elementary schools.
These two initiatives allow Franz and the WSO to cater programs to the
specific needs of each student population. In addition, adults again
will have the opportunity to sit in on a rehearsal on stage and then
move into the hall to hear a performance of the same work. This “inside
out” view of the orchestra offers an enhanced experience for both the
performers and audience members.