A Tribute to Warren Philharmonic Orchestra President Frank R. Bodor
Frank R. Bodor - 1931-2019
By Leanna J. Dunaway, Assistant Executive Director
Frank R. Bodor was president of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees for many years. During his tenure, the orchestra performed two magnificent concerts per season.
Over and above our regular concerts, we played for senior citizens in assisted living facilities; offered two free concerts for students in grades 3-8 in Trumbull County; sponsored art contests for those same students; created the Strings of Joy program which offers free violin/cello lessons to students; and had many fundraisers in and around our community.
The most recent exciting moment for the Warren Philharmonic came when Yo-Yo Ma decided to hold a free concert at the Warren Community Amphitheatre and asked for help from the orchestra to organize and present his music and ours. It was a thrilling event for us and for the Warren/Youngstown area.
Frank was passionate about the orchestra and classical music. He was forever promoting the musicians, its conductor and organization. He was a "hands on" type of guy who jumped in and hauled chairs where they needed to go, built a stand for the conductor for concerts at the First Presbyterian Church, wrote letters to countless individuals and businesses asking for donations/help with the orchestra, and still would dress in his suit on concert afternoons with programs in hand and make the necessary remarks at intermission. His expertise ran the gamut of laborer to highly respected leader of our Board of Trustees.
It has now been several months since his passing. We miss him.
The following is a list of admirers who have given donations to the orchestra in memory of Frank Bodor: