Young Person's Concert
with the Naples Philharmonic
A performance for 3rd grade students
Homeschoolers and families are welcome at the 9:45am performance, which is part of the Artis—Naples Family Concerts series. For school groups, there are both the 9:45am and an 11:45am performance. Please visit the School Programs page for ticketing information.
The Conductor’s Spellbook
Music and story by Paul Dooley
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Before becoming one of the world’s greatest stringed-instrument makers, Young Tony Stradivarius finds a magical book of spells in Daniels Pavilion and uses it to control the orchestra. A great way to introduce classical music to young audiences, The Conductor’s Spellbook focuses on the “art of science” and includes information about the science behind the music.
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.