New artistic director and CEO for FSSO

The new Free State Symphony Orchestra Company’s artistic director and CEO for 2022, Daniel Boico.

The Free State Symphony Orchestra Company looks forward to brighter days and welcoming back its loyal audiences. This after a new artistic director and CEO, Daniel Boico, has been appointed.

Boico has had a professional career for over 25 years as orchestra conductor, conducting some of the finest orchestras in the world in the United States, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Italy, Netherlands, Russia and Taiwan.

On the question of what he plans for the future, Boico explained that he looks forward to continuing to build on the wonderful work the FSSO has already done. “While it is impossible to predict the constantly changing situation of Covid-19, we are confident and optimistic that we will be able to showcase the FSSO’s vibrancy and commitment to diversity and inclusion with as many events as possible.”

Boico told Bloemfontein Courant that he is hopeful that leaders in Bloemfontein’s business community will be as excited to not only find the evident and strong correlation in the way an orchestra and a business operate, but to also engage, mentor and support the meaningfulness and relevancy of music in the daily lives of young people.

He explained that the 2022 season is being carefully planned to allow for quick changes in Covid-19 restrictions, “so please stay in touch with us and keep an eye out for our announcements”.

One particular initiative I am very excited to announce is the creation of an entrepreneurship series. In conjunction with our public concerts, we are going to invite inspiring and creative members of the South African music community to engage with young musicians on the subject of entrepreneurship in music, in exploring the varied ways in which young persons can diversify their lives with, and around music.”

He added that Bloemfontein has a special vibe about it and he felt this during the few times he visited the city, meeting members of its community as a guest conductor working with the orchestra.

The city’s musicians and music lovers have a genuine appreciation for music, for its relevance in people’s lives, and for what it takes to study and become a musician as a supportive and active body that wants everyone involved to succeed.”

Sazly Hartzenberg