The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra has named Maestro Robert Franz, widely esteemed conductor, award winning educator, audience builder and former Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic (2008-16), for its Artistic Advisor in the 2019-20 season. Maestro Franz will assist the Boise Baroque in its transition from long-time Music Director, Daniel Stern.
“I am thrilled to be joining Boise Baroque,” says Franz. “This talented group of musicians fills a very important niche in the Treasure Valley, and I look forward to creating historically informed performances of the great music of the 17th and 18th Centuries with them. I am very grateful for the dedicated and thoughtful work of my predecessors, Maestros Roller and Stern, who shepherded this ensemble to where it is today.”
Boise Baroque Board President Russ Buschert noted, “Over the years Dan Stern’s contribution to the classical music community in the Treasure Valley has been enormous. Those of us associated with the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra are most grateful for his 14 years of leadership that has transformed the organization into a highly capable, very accomplished chamber orchestra.” He added, “We expect this reputation to continue and grow with the appointment of Maestro Robert Franz who has been collaborating with the musicians and staff to create a wonderful series of concerts for the upcoming season.”
Critics, composers and audiences of all ages acclaim Franz’s appeal as a first-rate conductor and enthusiastic award-winning educator. He currently serves as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Founder and Music Director of the Idaho Orchestra Institute. In demand as a guest conductor, Franz has led some of the most prestigious orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore, St. Louis and Phoenix Symphonies, and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Italy.
The Boise Baroque Orchestra was formed in 2003 with the goal of bringing the best of the baroque and classical repertoire to the Treasure Valley. The musicians are professionals in the area, many of whom perform in the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and Opera Idaho.
Still to come this season:
• Guest Conductor Yaniv Attar and violinist Denise Dillenbeck with the music of Biber, Bach and Mozart on March 15 and 17 at the Cathedral of the Rockies
• Music Director and Conductor Daniel Stern’s final performance before his retirement. Haydn’s The Creation featuring the Boise Phil Master Chorale, with soloists Michele Detwiler, Thomas Glenn, Daniel Scofield and Emily Workman on April 21 at the Egyptian Theatre.