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Michael Francis, Music Director Designate

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Michael Francis has quickly established himself as an international conductor creating ongoing relationships with the world’s leading orchestras. He came to prominence as a conductor in January 2007 when he replaced an indisposed Valery Gergiev for concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra during the BBC Gubaidulina Festival at the Barbican Centre. Only one month later, Francis was asked, this time with only two hours’ notice, to replace the composer/conductor John Adams in a performance of his own works with the LSO at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and one short year later, January 2009, he replaced André Previn leading a German tour of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony.

Michael Francis’ 2010 debut with the San Francisco Symphony quickly established a formidable relationship with the orchestra. He has now led twenty-one different classical programs and three New Year’s Eve programs with the orchestra.

Now entering his third season as chief conductor and artistic advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Michael Francis follows in the footsteps of Herbert Blomstedt and Franz Welser-Möst each of whom was chief conductor with that orchestra.

Regularly invited by the New World Symphony in Miami to work with their nationally renowned orchestral academy, Michael Francis will also conduct the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2014. Having just conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a program of music by Dvorak and Panufnik, he will now debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Manchester, and the North Carolina Symphony. He has also debuted with the New York Philharmonic and the symphonies of Houston, Seattle, Milwaukee, Quebec, and Vancouver. In 2014/2015, he will conduct return engagements with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Symphony of Ireland, the Dresden Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Oregon, Cincinnati, Ottawa and Pittsburgh. His European engagements have included the English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Stuttgart Radio Symphony. In Asia, Michael Francis has worked with Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and National Taiwan Symphony with upcoming returns to the Malaysia and Seoul philharmonics.

Soloists with whom he has worked include Lang Lang, Arcadi Volodos, Christian Tetzlaff, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Vadim Gluzman, Nicola Benedetti, Baiba Skride, Alisa Weilerstein, Daniel Müller-Schott, MiloÅ¡ and Rufus Wainwright.

Michael Francis has recorded several albums, the most recent of which is the complete Rachmaninoff piano concertos with Valentina Lisitsa and the London Symphony Orchestra for Decca Records in 2013


Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. In August 2013, Jeff Tyzik was named to The Dot and Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This season, he also begins a new role as principal pops conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. In the 2013/14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to serve as principal pops conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Milwaukee Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tyzik made his UK debut in 2010 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over 3 months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker, called it “one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years.” “His concert is the kind of thing that’s likely to give classical music a good name, perhaps even make it seem, dare I say, relevant,” writes John Pitcher of the Gannet News Service.

As an accomplished composer and arranger, Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Summit Brass, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has also produced and composed theme music for many of the major television networks, including ABC, NBC, HBO, and Cinemax, and released six of his own albums on Capitol, Polygram and Amherst Records.

Tyzik worked closely with Doc Severinsen on many projects including orchestrating many of the great band leader’s symphony orchestra programs, and producing a GRAMMY Award-winning album, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1. Tyzik's subsequent recordings with Severinsen garnered three more GRAMMY nominations.

In his twenty years with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Tyzik has written over 200 arrangements, orchestrations and compositions for orchestra. A consummate musician, Tyzik regularly appears as a guest conductor in the orchestra’s classical subscription series. He has also been commissioned to compose original works for orchestra, including a trombone concerto, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall. Tyzik conducted the world premiere of his original work New York Cityscapes with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2010. Tyzik composed a timpani concerto, commissioned by the RPO, and also led the RPO in the premiere of his new orchestral suite, Images (Musical Impressions of an Art Gallery), to rave reviews.

A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at nine years of age, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition/arranging with Radio City Music Hall’s Ray Wright and jazz studies with Chuck Mangione. Tyzik subsequently toured with Mangione as lead trumpet and worked on five Mangione recordings as a producer and performer from 1976 to 1981.

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O'Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli and has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin and swing.

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Stuart Malina, Principal Guest Conductor

Now entering his 14th season as music director and conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Stuart Malina has earned a reputation for orchestra building and multi-faceted versatility. In a wide variety of concerts, from masterworks and grand opera to pops, Maestro Malina’s ease on the podium, engaging personality, and insightful interpretations have thrilled audiences and helped to break down the barriers between performer and listener wherever he has worked. Maestro Malina was previously music director of the Greensboro Symphony (1996-2003) and associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony (1993-97).

During the 2012/13 season Maestro Malina assumed the position of principal guest and coffee series conductor with The Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay, leading eight concerts, including the opening Masterworks weekend, Holiday Pops and the orchestra’s highly acclaimed and popular Coffee Concert series. This position continues an association with that orchestra which started in September of 2011.  This upcoming season, he will also direct concerts at Indiana University's Conservatory of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in February 2007, conducting the New York Pops in an all-Gershwin tribute that included Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted from the keyboard, and returned to Carnegie and the Pops in October 2007. He has recently performed with the symphony orchestras of Hong Kong, New Mexico and the Sarasota Music Festival.  Maestro Malina has had multiple engagements with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Eastern Music Festival. In 2006, he debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony and in 2007 with the Naples Philharmonic, after which he was reengaged for concerts in 2008 and 2009. He led the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra for three seasons, the second time performing with violinist Joshua Bell for a broadcast on public television. He has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (NY), Kansas City Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), North Carolina Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra and the Queens Symphony.

On the opera podium Maestro Malina’s recent engagements include two runs of Porgy and Bess at Opera Delaware, Piedmont Opera (Massenet’s Manon) and Greensboro Opera (Il barbiere di Siviglia).  He has also conducted many operas in concert, including La Bohème, Tosca and several Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.  He will lead performances of La Traviata this March with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

An accomplished pianist, Maestro Malina has impressive credits as soloist and chamber musician. In Harrisburg, he has had annual performances with Market Square Concerts, as well as the highly successful Stuart and Friends concerts with members of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.  He has performed concertos in Harrisburg, Greensboro, Charleston, New York and Chautauqua, most often conducting from the keyboard.

As a composer and arranger, Maestro Malina has created dozens of orchestral works, ranging from entire pops shows to works for symphony orchestra. His most recent composition, Brahms Fan Fare, received its world premiere by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in May of 2011

Maestro Malina’s activities also extend to Broadway. In June 2003, he won the TONY award for orchestration with Billy Joel for the musical Movin’ Out, which Malina helped create with director/choreographer Twyla Tharp. Maestro Malina has also served as associate conductor of the national touring company of West Side Story and as conductor of the Charleston production of Porgy and Bess with performances throughout the United States, Canada, and at the Israel Festival in Caesarea. In 1995, in a strange turn of events, Malina appeared on stage, acting opposite Broadway legend Zoe Caldwell in Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning drama Master Class for its run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In 2009, Pennsylvania Public Television awarded Maestro Malina with the Joanne Rogers Award for contribution to the artistic life of Pennsylvania, and in 2010, he was given the Jump Street Spectrum Award for excellence in the arts. Last year, he was honored by Lebanon Valley College with its Founders Day Award and by Theater Harrisburg with its prestigious Arts Award.

Maestro Malina holds degrees from Harvard University, the Yale School of Music, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller.


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