Franz gets cross

The Cross of Merit of the State of Upper Austria, the region’s highest honour, has been awarded to the conductor Franz Welser-Möst to mark his 60th birthday.

The Cleveland Orchestra music director is a local lad, born in Linz.


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  • Born in Linz, yes, as Franz Leopold Maria Möst. But his… uh, adoptive parents thought the name “Franz Möst” lacked dignity, so they added “Welser” after the city of Wells where he grew up.

      • I caught my error immediately after hitting the “submit comment” button and sent an e-mail asking Norman to please make the correction; I assume it slipped by him. As you might guess from my name, I am fond of adding extra Ls.

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