The Music of Baseball
Naples Philharmonic Special Performance
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Jeff Faux, interim chorus director
John Gordon, narrator
Gerritt VanderMeer, vocalist and narrator
Carolann Sanita, vocalist
Jason Parrish, vocalist
Conti — End Credits from Rookie of the Year
Blodgett — The Baseball Polka
Schickele and Beethoven — Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Sportscast
Newman — The Natural
Kander and Ebb — Theme from New York, New York
Kleinsinger and Stratton — Brooklyn Baseball Cantata
Horner — Theme from Field of Dreams
Reineke — Casey at the Bat
Celebrate America’s national pastime with Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu, Minnesota Twins broadcast legend John Gordon and the Naples Philharmonic, featuring music inspired by this great American sport.
This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Baseball Heroes: Works from the Jay H. Baker Collection, on view at The Baker Museum through May 15, 2022. The Baker Museum is open the night of the performance from 7-8pm, and immediately following the performance until 10pm, with free admission for concert ticket holders.
A professionally administered negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test, along with a valid matching photo ID, is required for all visitors 12 and older. In lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, voluntary proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, along with a valid matching photo ID, may be presented. Masks are encouraged, and are required for Community Day and for children between the ages of 2 and 11 for all programming. Masks are required for all patrons for the touring Broadway productions of Come From Away and Tootsie. Masking protocols for all other Broadway productions will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Protocols.
Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic performs over 140 orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as opera and ballet, education, community and special event concerts from September through June each year.
Meet the Musicians
Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Meet Andrey
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Radu Paponiu is the associate conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Since 2017, Radu has conducted the Naples Philharmonic in more than 70 different classical, education and pops programs. As a guest conductor, Radu has appeared with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. Radu has collaborated with notable soloists such as Yefim Bronfman, Vladimir Feltsman, Robert Levin, Nancy Zhou, and the Ébène Quartet. Radu regularly serves as cover conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and he has assisted conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Iván Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Stéphane Denève, Hans Graf, Donald Runnicles, Cristian Măcelaru, Bernard Labadie and Ludovic Morlot. Radu has served on the conducting faculty of the Juilliard Pre-College, as well as conductor for the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai, China, and the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Radu completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society. In the summer of 2017, Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, as well as conducting fellow for the Cabrillo Festival Workshop in California. Radu participated in the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School as the recipient of both the Albert Tipton Aspen Fellowship and the David A. Karetsky Memorial Fellowship. In Aspen, Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese.
Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age 7, studying privately with Carmen Runceanu and Ștefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the United States at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu completed two degrees in violin performance under the guidance of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. As a soloist and chamber musician, Radu has appeared in festivals throughout Europe and North America, collaborating with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, Merry Peckham and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
Radu currently resides in Naples, Florida, with his wife, flutist Blair Francis Paponiu. In his spare time, he enjoys chamber music reading parties, fishing, biking and playing tennis.
Jeff Faux currently serves as the director of sacred arts at the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs, where he has worked since 2007, overseeing a large program that includes 10 vocal and instrumental ensembles, the First Academy of Music and over 20 concerts per year. He served as artistic director of the Fort Myers Mastersingers for nine years, and his choirs have performed in Italy and Spain. Most recently, he conducted a performance of the Fauré Requiem at La Madeleine, Fauré’s church in Paris, where the work was written.
Jeff is a graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of music education at Westminster Choir College. He graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in choral conducting.
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