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Trip to the Phil

with the Naples Philharmonic

Hayes Hall

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Trip to the Phil:
Dances from Around the World

with the Naples Philharmonic
A performance for school students


Radu Paponiu, conductor

J. Strauss, Jr. — Overture to Die Fledermaus
Dvořák — Slavonic Dance in E Minor, Op. 46, No. 2
Bartók — Rumanian Folk Dances
Debussy — Ballet from Petite Suite
Mendelssohn — Saltarello: Presto from Symphony No. 4 in a Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Ke-Chia Chen — Chasing the Sun
Albéniz — Tango in D, Op. 165, No. 2
Bernstein — West Side Story Overture


The Naples Philharmonic celebrates a new school year by inviting local students to Hayes Hall for a full performance. A great way to introduce classical music to young people, Trip to the Phil will include selections from some of classical music's most endearing compositions.


Elementary School Students

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 • 9:45am and 11:45am
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 • 9:45am and 11:45am

Middle School Students

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 • 9:45am and 11:45am
  • Friday, September 15, 2017 • 9:45am and 11:45am

The Naples Philharmonic Trip to the Phil series is generously underwritten by Ned and Cindy Lautenbach

Radu Paponiu

Radu Paponiu


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, Paponiu 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, Paponiu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Paponiu also served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York.

Paponiu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Paponiu served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s full production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

Paponiu 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, Paponiu 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. Paponiu was appointed assistant conductor of the American Youth Symphony in spring 2011.

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