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Image of Erik Berg and David Mastrangelo of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing violins during a performance
Image of Glenn Basham, concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing violin during a performance
Image of Radu Paponiu, assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, on stage during a performance
Image of Ming Gao of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing violin during a performance
Image of members of the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance of classical music
Image of Paul Votapek and Kristen Sonneborn of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing wind instruments during a performance
Image of Suzanne Kirton and Judy Christy of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing wind instruments during a performance
Mar 14, 7:30pm
Bonita Springs 7:30pm
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Around Town

Naples Philharmonic


Radu Paponiu, conductor
Glenn Basham, violin
Emerson Millar, violin
Ming Gao, violin
David Mastrangelo, violin

Vivaldi — Le Quattro Stagioni
Vivaldi — The Four Seasons
Beethoven — Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major


The Naples Philharmonic brings some of the greatest music ever written directly to Bonita Springs. Don’t miss Vivaldi and Beethoven in these moving, intimate performances.

First Presbyterian Church, Bonita Springs
9751 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, Florida

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, 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.

Glenn Basham

Glenn Basham


Glenn Basham, concertmaster, has a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University. Formerly a member of the artist faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Glenn also served as the first violinist in the Bergonzi String Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the Frost School of Music.

Glenn, a native of Washington, D.C., previously played with the Detroit Symphony under Antal Doráti and was a member of the Chester String Quartet.

He has served as concertmaster at music festivals nationwide, including the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, the Colorado Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. He has appeared as soloist with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, the Lansing Symphony, the Plymouth Symphony, the Oak Park Symphony, the North Carolina School of the Arts Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic, the Palm Beach Symphony, the Miami City Ballet, the Pine Mountain Music Festival Symphony orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. Glenn has been concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1994.

As a jazz musician, Glenn has performed with Ira Sullivan, Simon Salz, Lew Delgatto, John Blake and Gene Bertoncini. He is featured on the Miami Saxophone Quartet’s recordings Four More Giant Steps and on Skitch Henderson’s Swinging with Strings on the Arbors jazz label. He has produced two jazz CDs, Blue Moon and Blue Bossa, from a live concert in 2005 with guitarist Simon Salz. His most recent recording featured music of Michael Daugherty and received critical praise from Fanfare magazine.

Emerson Millar

Emerson Millar


Emerson Millar, co-concertmaster, is a graduate of the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Originally from Ithaca in upstate New York, Emerson grew up on a 100-acre organic farm. She began her violin studies through the Suzuki program with Kirstin Marshall at the age of seven. At the age of 12, Emerson was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College in New York City, where she studied with Catherine Cho until she graduated high school in 2013. 

As an orchestral musician, Emerson has appeared as concertmaster of the New World Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. While still a student at the Colburn School, Emerson served as the concertmaster of the Debut Orchestra and the associate concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony. A recipient of the New Horizons Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, she performed as the assistant concertmaster of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in the summer of 2015. Emerson was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami for the 2017-18 season. In March of 2018, she performed the Barber Violin Concerto, conducted by in Edwin Outwater, as a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition. She has been a participant at Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA and the Heifetz International Music Institute.

Emerson has worked with many renowned conductors including Stéphane Denève, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a lover of chamber music, she has worked with Roberto Díaz, Ronald Leonard and Paul Colletti, as well as members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Tokyo, Miró and Emerson String Quartets. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studied with Robert Lipsett.

Ming Gao

Ming Gao


Ming Gao, associate concertmaster, has served as concertmaster of the Nanjing Experimental Orchestra in his native China, the Eastman Philharmonia in the Heidelberg Castle Festival in Germany and acting concertmaster of the Youngstown and Harrisburg symphony orchestras and MOSSPAC Chamber Orchestra. Gao is currently a first violinist of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra of New York in the summer months.

Before moving to Naples, Gao was with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra. He also appeared in a number of music festivals in the United States, Germany and China, including Sunflower Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Buzzards Bay Musicfest, MOSSPAC Music Festival, Heidelberg Castle Festival and the Spring of Xuan Wu Hu Festival. In 1999, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2009, he was invited to play chamber music concerts in Nanjing, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Suzhou and Beijing, China. Some of these concerts were broadcast live by Jiang Su Provincial TV station and CCTV (China’s national television station). He is also a guest violin professor of Nanjing Conservatory of Music, offering violin master classes in China during the summer. He has recorded solo and chamber music for Nanjing radio and television stations, Jiang Su Provincial radio and television stations and QRS Music Rolls, Inc.

Gao’s appearances as a soloist include the Naples Philharmonic, Orchestra Nova, Nanjing Experimental Orchestra and Jiang Su Provincial Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1993.

David Mastrangelo

David Mastrangelo


David Mastrangelo, principal second violin, began playing the violin at the age of eight and began studying privately when he was 12 in his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He attended Southern Methodist University on a full music scholarship and graduated with honors in 1990. He then attended Mannes College of Music in New York, where he studied with Sally Thomas. From 1992-94, he was co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami.

He joined the Naples Philharmonic in 1994 as assistant principal violin and was promoted to principal second violin in 2000.

David also creates arrangements for solo violin and string ensembles. He dedicates all recognition for his musical accomplishments to the glory of God.

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