Reserve tickets for this free event
Reserve your tickets beginning October 8 online or by calling 800-597-1900. All reserved tickets will be available for pickup at the Hayes Hall Box Office 48 hours prior to the performance. Please note, there is a 4-ticket limit for reserverations.
Free Community Concert
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Liszt — Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Gounod — Funeral March of a Marionette
De Falla — Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo
Saint-Saëns — Danse macabre
Ravel — Pavane pour une infante défunte
Tchaikovsky — Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Offenbach — Orpheus in the Underworld
Naples Ballet and the Naples Philharmonic perform spooky works by Gounod, Mussorgsky and Saint-Saëns in this free concert.
Please note, tickets online or through the box office must be picked up at Hayes Hall Box Office on the day of the event.
The Naples Ballet
The Naples Ballet
The Naples Ballet is a nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with the Naples Academy of Ballet. The company is dedicated to setting new standards for artistic excellence and promoting cultural enrichment by creating awareness of the art of dance within the Naples community.
The mission of Naples Ballet is to provide dancers of all ages with performance opportunities that meet expert standards of artistic development, instill professional values and qualities through art education and to offer free professional dance instruction through scholarship funding while serving as a training ground for local dancers possibly seeking professional careers in dance or related fields.
They showcase two major ballet productions each year. During the last eight seasons, they have shared their productions of Coppelia, Aurora’s Wedding, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker with fellow arts enthusiasts throughout Southwest Florida. Dancers age 5 and up who study at the Naples Academy of Ballet as well as area ballet studios are invited to audition each Fall and Spring for an opportunity to perform on stage.
Radu Paponiu is the Associate Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, having previously served for two years as Assistant Conductor, and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. During the 2018-19 season, he conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly 20 different classical, education and pops programs.
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, he was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. For two consecutive summers, Radu furthered his studies in conducting at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado, where he worked with Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu has completed both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett.
Radu has appeared as guest conductor for concerts with the Naples Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and participated in a conducting workshop with the New World Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. He has served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York, and he has also served as cover conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.