An annual holiday tradition
This concert is part of Community Day with pre-concert activites from noon-4pm
Naples Academy of Ballet
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Adam Glaser — March of the Little Goblins
Mussorgsky — Night on Bald Mountain
Grieg — “March of the Dwarfs” from Lyric Suite
Gounod — Funeral March of a Marionette
Stravinsky — “Infernal Dance of King Kashchei” from The Firebird (1919)
Gluck — “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orpheus and Eurydice
Offenbach — Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Fucik — Entrance of the Gladiators
Performers from Naples Ballet dance to some of classical music’s spookiest tunes, from Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, to Offenbach's Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, all performed by the Naples Philharmonic.
Noon to 4pm — Pre-concert Activities
4pm — Costume Contest, Parade and a Spooky-good Concert
Costumes not required, but are encouraged!
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.