Better known to us as the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, it has been in existence since 1937 and was led by the Estonian conductor and musical director Paavo Jarvi between 2006--2013, (conductor laureate from 2013).
The new music director since the 2014--2015 season has been the Colombian conductor, Andres Orozco-Estrada.
I make no apologies for concentrating on the 1936 version of Showboat. The videos certainly look dated but the voices of Irene Dunne and Allan Jones are irrepressible. It is the version that i fell in love with as a 30 year old and i struggle to relate to any other. Fred Astaire also figures prominently as i consider him the greatest song and dance man.