2008-05-07 / Arts & Entertainment News

Upcoming events at the Naples Philharmonic

'From the New World,' a special classical performance

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents "From the New World," a special classical program under the baton of Music Director Jorge Mester. Performances take place Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, at 8 p.m.

On the program: Dvorak's vibrant and dynamic "New World" Symphony, one of his most recognizable works; and two Tchaikovsky masterpieces: "Polonaise" from his great opera "Eugene Onegin," and the powerful "Piano Concerto No. 1," considered among the most popular piano concertos ever written. Joining the orchestra to perform it will be Joyce Yang.

Tickets to 'From the New World' are $48 for adults and $20 for students.

Naples Museum of Art hosts "free family day"

The Naples Museum of Art will host a free-admission Family Day on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A number of special events relating to the current exhibition "Pablo Picasso: Preoccupations and Passions" are planned. The exhibition closes on Sunday, May 18.

Included will be interactive bilingual storytelling with Carrie Sue Ayvar, face painting and temporary tattoos with Cori Scheft, portrait sketches by artist Jason Weber, hands-on art activities, a fun-filled treasure hunt, juggling clowns and more. All activities are free.

Docent-guided tours of the museum take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through May.

The Naples Museum of Art is open Tues- day-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

"Music Takes You There"

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, led by guest conductor Andrew Lane, will present "Music Takes You There," the final Family Fare concert of the season, on Sunday, June 1 at 3 p.m.

Joining the orchestra will be 7-year-old piano sensation Ethan Bortnick, who was recently featured on Jay Leno, Good Morning America and elsewhere.

"Patriotic Pops" pays tribute to America

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra presents "Patriotic Pops," a stirring musical tribute to the United States of America, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Thursday through Saturday, May 15-17 at 8 p.m.

Maestro Jeff Tyzik will lead the orchestra in this rousing concert, featuring some of the most beloved and inspiring music ever written about the United States. The concert, titled "America - The Land We Love," will include Sousa's "The Liberty Bell," "Semper Fidelis," an inspiring Armed Forces Salute recognizing all branches of the military, and much more. Veterans of the military branches will be invited to participate.

Tickets are $46 for adults and $20 for students.

Chamber ensemble presents "Piano Quintets"

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble will present "Piano Quintets," at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 20 at 8 p.m.

On the program: a staple of chamber music repertoire, Schumann's lyrical and stormy "Piano Quintet." This work established Schumann's reputation as a composer and remains a favorite of audiences worldwide. Also featured will be Haydn's lovely "Divertimento in F" for winds and Franck's chamber masterpiece, "Piano Quintet," beloved for its passionate opening and intensely driven final movement.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $13 for students.

"Chamber Variety" final chamber concert of season

The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble presents "Chamber Variety!," the final chamber concert of the season, at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 27 at 8 p.m.

This program showcases a variety of chamber music, including Philip Glass' hypnotic "String Quartet," which appeared as the score for Paul Shrader's film "Mishima;" David Popper's poignant, moving "Requiem" for three cellos and pianos; Antonio Pasculli's "Homage to Bellini," a delightful duet written for English horn and harp; and Saint-Saëns underappreciated "E-minor String Quartet," a harmonically rich work with lovely melodies and an exquisite string fugue.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $13 for students.

Magic Carpet concerts feature strings, percussion and brass

The fun-filled Magic Carpet Concerts, an enchanting Philharmonic Center tradition, return with an all-new series of programs highlighting the various sections of the orchestra! Each of these events features a small ensemble from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra performing a 45-minute program - demonstrating their instruments and answering questions from the children and their adult escorts.

The concerts take place in Daniels Pavilion on the following Saturdays at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.: Strings, May 17; Percussion, May 24; and Brass, May 31.

Tickets to Magic Carpet Concerts are $6. Everyone, including infants, must have a ticket.

Youth orchestra concert set

Musicians from the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra play side by side with professional musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and by themselves, in the Major/ Minor Concerts at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

The final Major/Minor Concert of the season, conducted by Andrew Lane, is set for Sunday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Hear the area's most accomplished young musicians. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Customer Service at (239) 597-1900 or toll-free at (800) 597-1900 or visit www. thephil.org. The Philharmonic Center for the Arts is at 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. in Naples. The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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