Naples Philharmonic Special Performance
with special guest The Doo Wop Project
The Doo Wop Project
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Jeff Faux, interim chorus director
Barbara Sletto, interim youth chorus director
Programming to be announced.
Doo Wop-ify the Holidays with Naples favorites The Doo Wop Project as they help Radu Paponiu, the Naples Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic Chorus and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus usher in the holidays with a program of timeless classics and modern hits of the holiday season. This annual event always gets everyone — young and young at heart — in the festive holiday spirit.
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The Doo Wop Project
The Doo Wop Project
The Doo Wop Project features stars of Broadway’s popular Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical. The talented quintet performs the classic sounds of Frankie Valli, the Drifters and the Del-Vikings and has notably “doo-wopified” modern hits including Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours and Maroon 5’s This Love.
The Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate — and in some cases entirely reimagine — some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!
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.
Interim Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus Director Barbara Sletto is the founder and artistic program director for the Heartland Youth Choir, a civic organization that serves over 300 central Iowa singers in seven ensembles and short-term offerings. Prior to her work with the Heartland Youth Choir, Barbara was the artistic director of the Iowa Youth Chorus, the Des Moines Children’s Choruses, the Anderson Area Children’s Choir of Indiana and the Lakes Treble Choir of Minnesota. Barbara also served as an adjunct professor at Drake University, where she taught a music education course, observed student teachers, mentored choral interns and served as the director of the Drake University Women’s Chorale from 2004 to 2012. Under her direction, choirs have performed for the Kodály and Orff conferences, regional Music Educators National Conferences, and American Choral Director’s Association divisional and state conferences. In addition, Barbara was a featured clinician for the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As a specialist in treble voices, Barbara frequently serves as a guest conductor for high school and elementary festival choirs and honor choirs. She has guest conducted for numerous festival and all-state choirs throughout the United States, including choirs in Alabama, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. In addition, she has served as the guest conductor for various summer choir camps, including the International Music Camp, the Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic, the Indiana Choral Director’s Summer Music Institute, the University of St. Thomas Kodály Choral Camp, the Virginia Kodály Summer Music Camp, the Drake School of Music Summer Camp, the Heartland Choral Camp and the International Music Institute.
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.