Artis — Naples pays tribute to Andrey Boreyko, African-American and female composers, films


Artis — Naples announced an orchestral season on Friday August 6, with a strong theme of “Esprit de corps”. But there’s also a sense of homage running through its heavily bundled musical season.

He will bid farewell to musical director Andrey Boreyko with three greetings:

  • A special performance of Mahler’s concert “Das Lied von der Erde (” Song of the Earth “) on April 9th.
  • An appearance by the Visiting Orchestra Series in one of his other positions, as Music Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, April 3.
  • A season steeped in works that speak of its Polish-Russian heritage

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There are also other tributes:

African-American Composers and Women are in the foreground, with eight of them in the classical music series Masterworks, Wang and Sypert. We appear twice: the dynamic contemporary American composer Gabriela Lena Frank, whose inheritance includes a father of Lithuanian Jewish descent and a Peruvian mother of Chinese descent. Her “Quijotadas” are in the Wang Chamber Music series on October 10 and her Elegia Andina is in the Masterworks series on November 18 and 19.

Gabriela Lena Frank with another participant in one of her Creative Academy of Music workshops.

Beethoven returns, figuratively speaking, for a slice of the pie on his 250th birthday party, which was cut short by Covid-19. Unfortunately, it does not include Symphony No.9 which was scheduled here for 2020.

This company will wait until a new conductor is in charge, according to Artis — Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen. James Cochran, founding choir director, retired in 2020.

But there will be Beethoven:

  • His n ° 6, the “Pastoral” (January 6-8) Piano Concerto n ° 5, the “Emperor” (February 17 and 19), with guest star Jonathan Biss, is part of the Masterworks series
  • The very popular Symphony No. 7 makes philharmonic excursions to First Presbyterian Bonita Springs Church on February 3 and Marco Island United Church on February 4.
  • Beethoven’s chamber music – a quartet, a septet and a wind octet – appears in three of the Sypert Salon Series concerts.

Tickets are now on sale to current subscribers only. See details in the accompanying information box. The Artis — Naples and Broadway entertainment seasons appear in a separate article in the August 6 “In the 239” section of the Naples Daily News and are already live.

A final season integrates heritage

The infusion of the Masterworks series Polish compositions opens with Zygmunt Krauze’s introspective “Serenade” (Oct. 29-30), a mystical work enhanced by Thai gongs and cowbells. Mikoklaj Górecki’s “Zan Tontemiquico” (December 9 and 11) continues this air of spirituality. Symphony in E minor (“Rebirth”) by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz (May 5 and 6). It is a sublime work with Tchaikovsky accents, which the composer admired.

Tchaikovsky is also one of the Russian composers in masterpieces with his “Selections from ‘Sleeping Beauty” (29-30 oct.). Other Russian works include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, the latter with guest artist Bella Hristova (both November 18-19). Prokofiev’s music returns in Symphony No. 5 (April 22-23).

Glazunov’s “Autumn” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yulianna Avdeeva as guest artist, are in the final program which Boreyko is conducting as Music Director of Artis — Naples on May 5-6.

For those who joined the chamber ensembles on stage last year: You will be back in the Daniels Hall for this season. van Bergen acknowledged that this may disappoint some people; members of the audience sat in a fan voice around the musicians in Hayes Hall.

“I think we loved it,” van Bergen said of the strategy to keep performance live during the pandemic. But the intimacy of the breasts was also her loss.

“That’s the volume. We could only accommodate 88 people on stage, and we will be returning to the Daniels Hall, where we will be able to accommodate more than double that number.”

Hi to the movies, Broadway, 45s

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in "An American in Paris," for which the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the score as part of one of its concerts in the Pops series.

The world of animatorsThis is the driving force behind the themes of the Pops series for the Naples Philharmonic:

  • “The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Hart, with Ashley Brown” November 2-6
  • “Respect: Homage to Aretha Franklin” January 18-22
  • “Frank Sinatra and the Great Ladies of American Song” from February 8 to 12
  • “An American in Paris”, the film by Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron with a live philharmonic score from March 8 to 12
  • “Broadway’s Leading Men” March 29-April 2

Pops Principal Conductor Jack Everly will conduct four of the five. But “Respect” Stuart Chafetz; he directs the homage to Aretha Franklin.

Same “And all that” celebrates a prolific star in the recording industry – the late Monk Thelonious, whose zesty piano riffs have inspired more than 50 albums (April 6). His series of eight concerts also features guest artists and this year, a rare classical musician who switches to the medium. Violinist Benjamin schmid, who has her own jazz quintet, participates in the series’ opening on October 27 before moving to Hayes Hall to perform the Britten Violin Concerto (October 29 and 30).

JS Bach in jazz:Violinist Benjamin and his quintet

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra returns for two days of concerts.

A tribute to friendship brings Vienna

A revamped schedule due to the pandemic means the Chicago Symphony will not complete its third year of residency this year.

“But we are in conversation with them,” said van Bergen. “They will be Come back.”

Fortunately, Artis — Naples was able to call on a former orchestra in residence, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, to join its Visiting Orchestra Series for two nights (March 1 and 2). Valery Gergiev conducts the most revered symphony of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, the “Pathétique” (n ° 6)

.Rachmaninoff fans will be able to hear his Piano Concerto No. 2 twice in 2020; Denis matsuev is the guest artist of this program.

And van Bergen called the possibility of working with former orchestras in residence for such accommodations as a success of his residency program: “We have established a truly wonderful relationship between our musicians, our audience and the orchestra management. Vienna Philharmonic, and they are delighted to be back. “

The Cleveland Orchestra, nominated for Gramophone Orchestra of the Year, has become an annual visitor. Music director Franz Welser-Mõst conducts his performance of Mozart’s Symphony 36 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 on January 24.

Artis — Naples’ own musical director, Boreyko, is here with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra for a rarely heard work by Tchaikovsky, “Voyevoda”; Piano Concerto “Resurrection” by Penderecki, with guest artist Barry douglas, who recorded it with this orchestra; and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

Harriet Howard Heithaus covers the arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News / Contact her at 239-213-6091.

Buying tickets

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  • Friday August 6 – Current subscribers only
  • Sept. 13 – New subscription packages and single tickets for performances without subscription
  • September 29 – Single tickets to concerts, lectures and Broadway performances by subscription

To buy:, or 239-597-1900, both starting at 10 a.m. on applicable dates

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Artis — Naples Benefactor of Challenge Giveaway: Longtime Patrons Ellen and David Ryan pledge to match all donations made through December 31, dollar for dollar, up to $ 1 million, in support at the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are deeply grateful to Ellen and David Ryan for this remarkably generous gift,” CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen said in a press release announcing the gift. “Ellen and David have been part of the Artis — Naples family for many years, and their unwavering support helps us continue our mission of providing the community with the best in the visual and performing arts.

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