An Evening of Overtures
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Verdi — Overture to La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny)
Beethoven — Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72c
Nicolai — Overture to Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Bizet — Prélude from Carmen Suite No. 1
Bizet — Intermezzo from Carmen Suite No. 1
Copland — An Outdoor Overture
Glinka — Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
Liszt — Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C Minor, S. 359, No. 4
Puccini — Intermezzo (Act III) from Manon Lescaut
Rossini — Overture to La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
John Williams — Main Title from Star Wars: A New Hope
The Naples Philharmonic orchestra performs many of Western music’s most beloved and well-known overtures in this festive performance. Hear some of the greatest opening pieces in the world of music.
Tickets start at $29
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.