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Artis—Naples’ theme for the 2017-18 season

Wang Chamber Music 1

Taffaenel, Ravel and Debussy
— The French Moderns

2017-18 Wang Chamber Music #1
Sunday at 3pm
October 8, 2017
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians

Taffaenel — Wind Quintet
Ravel — Sonata for Violin and Cello
Debussy — String Quartet

Music from French Impressionist composers at the center of the artistic revolution happening at the end of the 19th century in France.

  Canceled Due to Hurricane

Sypert Salon 2

Vivaldi, Haydn and Schubert
— Evolution of the Trio

2017-18 Sypert Salon #2
Sunday and Tuesday at 3pm
November 5 and 7, 2017
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians

Vivaldi — Trio Sonata in F Major
Haydn — Trio in C Major
Schubert — String Trio in B-flat Major

The string trio changed dramatically through the baroque, classical and romantic periods. These chamber performances highlight how.

Masterworks 2

Midori Plays Sibelius

2017-18 Masterworks #2
Thursday and Saturday
November 16 and 18, 2017
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Midori, violin

Sibelius — Violin Concerto
Britten — Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Debussy — La mer

Debussy’s Impressionistic masterpiece La mer is the highlight of the second half of this Masterworks performance, providing another look at the revolutionary art of turn-of-the-century France.

Museum 5
Bibiolthéque nationale de France

To the Streets!
Protest Posters from the Atelier Populaire de l’École des Beaux Arts

An Exhibition at The Baker Museum
November 14, 2017 – January 14, 2018

From Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features a portfolio created by anonymous artists, activists and students for the massive protests in Paris in May 1968. Made to be distributed on the streets, pasted on handheld signs and on building façades, these ephemeral pieces of political history remind us of the power of images in moments of social upheaval. This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.

Sypert Salon 3

— Evolution of a Master

2017-18 Sypert Salon #3
Sunday and Tuesday at 3pm
December 3 and 5, 2017
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians

Beethoven — String Trio in G Major
Beethoven — String Quartet in B-flat Major

Two string works from very different parts of Beethoven’s career highlight this Sypert Salon performance. Hear an early work reminiscent of Mozart and a towering piece from his late period that showcases his fully formed genius.

France 2

France and Her
Revolutions in Music and Arts

2017-18 Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Thursday, January 4, 2018, 10am — Ideas as Crucibles
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10am — Romanticism’s Explosions
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10am — Romanticism’s Spread
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 10am — Modernity in Paris
Frank Cooper, Ph.D., Research Professor Emeritus, Musicology, at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami

Dive deep into one of the most exciting and turbulent times in art history as Frank Cooper discusses the revolutionary ideas of French painters and composers of the 1800s.

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Masterworks 4
© Oded Antman

Bronfman, Beethoven and French Moderns

2017-18 Masterworks #4
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
January 4, 5 and 6, 2018
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Valentin Silvestrov — The Messenger
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
Fauré — Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80
Ravel — Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

The revolutionary spirit of French Modernism didn’t arrive fully realized. This performance shows how the music of this time evolved from Fauré to Ravel.

Art Talk 4

Art Talk

2017-18 Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Monday, January 8, 2018, 10am and 1pm — Impressionism, Part One
Monday, January 22, 2018, 10am and 1pm — Impressionism, Part Two
Monday, February 5, 2018, 10am and 1pm — Impressionism, Part Three
Joan Jacobs, lecturer

Joan Jacobs explores the titanic shift from classical art to Impressionism in this three-part lecture.

Sypert Salon 5

Haydn and Mozart

2017-18 Sypert Salon #5
Sunday and Tuesday at 3pm
March 4 and 6, 2018
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians

Haydn — String Quartet
Mozart — String Quartet in D Minor

Much of Mozart’s music was built off the foundations prepared by his mentor, Haydn. This chamber concert shows how the student adapted and polished the lessons of his teacher through string quartets from both great composers.

Masterworks 7
© Marco Borggreve

Say and Saint-Saëns

2017-18 Masterworks #7
Friday and Saturday
March 9 and 10, 2018
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Fazil Say, piano
Todd Wilson, soloist

Fazil Say — Commissioned Work
Fazil Say — Silence of Anatolia (Piano Concerto No. 3)
Saint-Saëns — Symphony No. 3

A revolutionary artist both in his music and in his politics, Fazil Say combines art and activism as composer and exiled Turkish dissident.

Wang Chamber Music 3
© Marco Borggreve

Say and Shostakovich

2017-18 Wang Chamber Music #3
Sunday at 3pm
March 11, 2018
Naples Philharmonic Chamber Musicians
Fazil Say, piano

Fazil Say — Woodwind Quintet
Fazil Say — Piano Quintet
Shostakovich — Piano Trio No. 2

Revolutionary pianist/composer Fazil Say joins Naples Philharmonic musicians for an afternoon of chamber music including the local premieres of two of his own works.

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Masterworks 10

Beethoven’s Eroica

2017-18 Masterworks #10
Thursday and Friday
May 3 and 4, 2018
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Vladigerov — Improvisation and Toccata
Prokofiev — Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven — Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, whom Beethoven believed personified the democratic French revolutionary ideals, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 marked the beginning of the next evolutionary phase of his career.


Artforms are in consistent states of reappraisal and reinvention. Perhaps the worst appraisal you could give a piece of art is not to call it bad but to call it a copy. Artists strive for originality. But in most cases, they are building off the works of their predecessors, who were in turn doing the same.

It’s easy to see Mozart’s admiration of Haydn and how the former built off the latter’s ideas and concepts, constantly refining toward perfection. Mozart created new sounds within the structures set forth by previous generations, creating an evolution of music.

In other instances, an artist or group of artists takes a truly revolutionary turn, going in a direction previously unimagined or unexplored. From the middle of the 19th century until beyond the turn of the 20th, France was the epicenter for a dramatic reinterpretation of visual art. Going against the academic norms, artists such as Monet, Renoir and Degas began moving away from detailed renditions of allegory and history. Instead, they produced vibrant paintings that prized feeling and impressions.

The Masterworks season features their musical contemporaries — Ravel, Debussy and more — who made similarly revolutionary works.

Of course, revolutionary art can also be politically expressive, and Artis—Naples will explore this idea as well in the 2017-18 season. The Baker Museum’s permanent collection is home to a large number of French protest posters created by anonymous artists during a time of unrest in the spring of 1968. And revolutionary Turkish composer-pianist Fazil Say will perform both Masterworks and chamber concerts.

All programming, lectures and dates are subject to change


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