with special guests Robert McDuffie and Mike Mills
Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Robert McDuffie, guest artist
Mike Mills, guest artist
programming to be announced
Violin virtuoso Robert McDuffie returns to Hayes Hall to perform this unique piece with the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Composed by McDuffie’s long-time friend and R.E.M. bassist, Mike Mills, this piece blurs the lines between contemporary rock and classical.
The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is generously endowed by the Schoen Family Foundation.
Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
The Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (NPYO) is an intensive musical program that provides opportunities for accomplished middle school and high school student musicians to perform a wide-range of symphonic works under the baton of Radu Paponiu, Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic.
Learn more about the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie enjoys a dynamic and multi-faceted career. While appearing as soloist with the world's foremost orchestras, he has also shared the stage with Gregg Allman and Chuck Leavell in Midnight Rider, with actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail or playing Bach for Memphis Jook dancer Li'l Buck. Philip Glass dedicated his second violin concerto, The American Four Seasons, to McDuffie. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. composed a concerto for violin and rock band for him. McDuffie is the founder of both the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his native city of Macon, Georgia.
McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Chicago; San Francisco; National; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas; St. Louis; Montreal and Toronto symphonies; the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras as well as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the North German Radio Orchestra; the Düsseldorf Symphony; the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra; the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; the Hamburg Symphony; Bruckner Orchestra Linz; Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala; Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome; Venice Baroque Orchestra; Jerusalem Symphony; Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria and all of the major orchestras of Australia.
Michael Edward "Mike" Mills (born December 17, 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Though known primarily as a bass guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist, his musical repertoire also includes keyboards, guitar, and percussion instruments. He contributed to a majority of the band's musical compositions. In 2016, he toured to support a Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra with childhood friend Robert McDuffie.
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.