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Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Hayes Hall

Image of Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a promotional portrait
Image of Lee Mills on stage during performance
Image of Blair Francis Paponiu with the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance
Image of members of the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance of classical music
Image of members of the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance of classical music
Image of John Evans of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing violin during a performance
Jan 27, 8:00pm – Jan 28, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
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West Side Story
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Naples Philharmonic
Lee Mills
, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Villa-Lobos — Bachianas brasileiras No. 9
Aaron Zigman — Tangos Manos, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
John Adams —  The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)
Bernstein — Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

American conductor Lee Mills makes his debut with the Naples Philharmonic in a program that highlights the beauty and energy of dance music. Bernstein’s uplifting Symphonic Dances from West Side Story includes all of the power, jazz and fun that made West Side Story one of the most influential musicals of the 20th century. The program also includes virtuoso French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Tango Manos, a new piano concerto by American composer Aaron Zigman. In addition to thrilling concert works, Zigman is perhaps best known for his romantic scores to The Notebook and Sex and the City: The Movie. 

Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to the The Baker Museum. Museum hours on day of performance: 10am-8pm. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall will open 90 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the exhibitions and light fare at Heidi's Place.

Tickets start at $29

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 they are required for children between the ages of 2 and 11 unless a negative COVID-19 test or voluntary proof of being fully vaccinated (for children ages 5-11 eligible for vaccination) is presented on their behalf. Certain artists and ensembles may require masks. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Protocols.

Naples Philharmonic

Naples Philharmonic

Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic normally 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

Andrey Boreyko

Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director   Meet Andrey

Jack Everly

Principal Pops Conductor   Meet Jack

Radu Paponiu

Associate Conductor   Meet Radu

Lee Mills

Lee Mills

Resident Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and winner of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in both 2014 and 2017, Lee Mills is internationally recognized as a passionate, multifaceted and energetic conductor. He was recently appointed the Douglas F. King Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony.

He has led performances with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra that have been hailed as having a “sonority of unequalled liveliness and quality,” working alongside such artists as Simone Porter, Conrad Tao, Eliane Coelho and the Smetana Trio. His conducting engagements outside of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra include the National Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Starting as Assistant Conductor of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in September 2014, he was promoted to Resident Conductor after only 18 months. In 2017 Mills was selected as a semifinalist in both the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition and the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege International Opera Conducting Competition. In 2014, he conducted alongside David Robertson in the highly acclaimed U.S. Premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras with the Saint Louis Symphony.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. From the very start of his career, he also delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano.

Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received two Grammy® nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la musique and the Edison Award, as well as Gramophone and Echo awards. On his Grammy-nominated recording Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2 and 5, he was joined by Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. His other recordings include the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans.

Thibaudet has also had an impact on the world of fashion, film and philanthropy. He played Aaron Zigman’s soundtrack for Wakefield and was soloist in the award-winning scores for the films Atonement (which won an Oscar for Best Original Score) and Pride and Prejudice, and recorded Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age 5 and made his first public appearance at age 7. At 12, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age 15, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City.

Program Information

Program Information

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