Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Radu Paponiu, conductor
James Cochran, chorus director
Judy Christy, oboe
Beethoven — Coriolan Overture
Vaughn Williams — Oboe Concerto
Mozart — Regina coeli in C Major
Schubert — Mass No. 2 in G Major
The Naples Philharmonic brings some of the greatest music ever written directly to Bonita Springs. Don’t miss Mozart, Schubert and more in these moving, intimate performances. Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture gets a full symphony treatment, plus principal oboist Judy Christy solos in Vaughn Williams' Oboe Concerto. Special appearance by the full Naples Philharmonic Chorus, directed by James Cochran.
First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs
9751 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida
Radu Paponiu is the assistant conductor to Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A native of Romania, Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Radu also served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York.
Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s full production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age seven, moving on to study privately with Carmen Runceanu and Stefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the US at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu was accepted to the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance. Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the American Youth Symphony in spring 2011.
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.