Idina and Princes and Students, oh my!

Idina and Princes and Students, oh my!


Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz has had a busy week conducting our Idina Menzel, Family and Detective concerts! Read on to hear about all about it …

It’s been a crazy 10 days in Houston this go around … 3 concerts with Idina, 2 family shows with members of Houston Ballet, and finally, 4 detectives concerts for thousands of 1st through 3rd graders. The thing is, I’ve loved every minute of it!

I love when there are so many pieces to conduct, I love making music with my colleagues in the Houston Symphony, I love working with artists like Idina Menzel and the unbelievably talented dancers from Houston Ballet. The crazier and more complex it gets, the more excited I become. And did I mention that we spent part of these 10 days already preparing for next season?

Robert dressed up as a dashing prince to conduct the first of our family concerts, Princes & Princesses.

What have been my favorite parts of the past few days? I have to say that interacting with Idina was every bit as much fun as it looked. She is such a sweetheart, really funny, and oh yeah, real! Although, I can’t forget walking into the new Houston Ballet Center for Dance and meeting all of the dancers for the first time. They have floor to ceiling windows in each studio, so you are looking out over the cityscape. It’s really beautiful. And finally, I had my picture taken with some 4-year-old girls that attended one of our education concerts. They were so cute! They were all dressed up for the concert, and when I knelt down to get in the picture, they all circled and put their arms around me. Their mom told me that this was their first time at the Symphony and they were completely bowled over!

Moments like that are what this is all about.

Robert will be back with the Orchestra in December for our second family concert of the season, The Night Before Christmas. Performances are at 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 3!

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