Artis—Naples Holiday Favorite
An annual holiday tradition
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus
Stefan Sanders, conductor
James Cochran, chorus director
Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist
Program to include:
Anderson — A Christmas Festival
Pola and Wyle — It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Traditional — What Child Is This?
Traditional — Hark! The Herald Angels Sing|
Tchaikovsky — Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers) from The Nutcracker Suite
Willson — It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas
Gary Fry — Christmas Morning
Guaraldi and Mendelson — “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Baker and Regney — Do You Hear What I Hear?
Celebrate the season with an all-new program of holiday classics, featuring the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and Youth Chorus. The program promises to remind us why music is such an important part of our year-end traditions. Jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire lends his smooth vocals to our festive Holiday Pops.
Experience some of the most memorable music ever written as it was intended to be heard — in the company of friends, family and neighbors.
Raised in Toronto, Canada, Denzal Sinclaire studied piano at McGill University in Montreal. It was at this time that he encountered guitarist Bill Coon with whom he formed a lasting musical relationship. He established a strong reputation in Canada across a broad audience when he and Coon performed in Unforgettable, a musical tribute to Nat King Cole.
At home with a wide range of popular material, Sinclaire has continued to make a name for himself singing the jazz classics. His rich baritone voice and elegant delivery has earned him glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike. For four consecutive years, Sinclaire was awarded Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the Canadian magazine, Jazz Report.
Appearances on television and his signing to Verve Records have extended his reputation nationally and in the early 2000’s he began gaining more recognition outside of Canada. A singer with subtle skill and a relaxed, sophisticated approach to songs, Sinclaire has an appeal that stretches well beyond the often narrow confines of the jazz world.
Stefan Sanders enjoys an emerging career as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator and ardent champion of new music. Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished artists such as violinist Gil Shaham, Fred Childs from public radio’s Performance Today, country sensation The Texas Tenors and the esteemed Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, to name a few. Guest conducting engagements in the U.S and abroad include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (CZ), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera and the Round Top International Festival Institute.
Sanders is currently the Music Director and Conductor for the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting praise for innovative programming, new venues and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community. Past positions have included Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin and Apprentice Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Beginning formal conducting studies in 2008 with Gerhardt Zimmermann at the University of Texas at Austin, Sanders continued his studies as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the Florida Orchestra.
Mr. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.