Home / Events / Ax Plays Beethoven
   Back to Home

Ax Plays Beethoven

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Hayes Hall

Image of Emanuel Ax in a promotional portrait
© Lisa Marie Mazzucco
Image of Radu Paponiu, assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, on stage during a performance
Image of Ming Gao of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing violin during a performance
Image of Jenni Groyon Hill of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing a bassoon 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 Ellen Tomasiewicz and
Tracy Leonard of the Naples Philharmonic on stage playing brass during a performance
Jan 12, 8:00pm – Jan 14, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
 
Call the Box Office

Event

Ax Plays Beethoven
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks


Naples Philharmonic
Radu Paponiu
, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Enesco — Prélude á l’unisson
Beethoven — Piano Concerto No. 3
Ravel — Rapsodie espagnole
Ravel — Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2

Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu makes his Masterworks series debut, leading the Naples Philharmonic in a program featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel and Enesco. Joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax, the orchestra performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 — the first of his concertos requiring the soloist to play a high G following the advent of the grand piano, which widened the instrument’s keyboard and expanded its range. Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 close out the program, demonstrating the French composer’s incredible skill at orchestration and imbuing his compositions with orchestral color. The program also features a work by Romanian composer Georges Enesco, Prélude á l’unisson. Revered as one of Romania’s greatest musicians of all time, this piece features the strings section playing in unison for its entire duration.

Prelude at 7pm
Join the conductor before the performance for an insightful 30-minute prelude discussion about the program.

Music and Museum
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to 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 available at Heidi's Place.

The January 12 performance is sponsored by George* and Joyce Kempton.

* deceased

Tickets start at $29

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


Jack Everly

Principal Pops Conductor   Meet Jack

James Ehnes

Artistic Partner   Meet James

Radu Paponiu

Associate Conductor   Meet Radu

Alvin Ho

Assistant Conductor   Meet Alvin

Radu Paponiu

Radu Paponiu


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 100 different classical, education and pops programs. Radu was also recently appointed artistic and music director of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Radu has appeared with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra and Banatul Philharmonic of Timişoara in Romania, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, California Young Artists Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. Radu has collaborated with notable soloists such as Yefim Bronfman, Midori, Vladimir Feltsman, Robert Levin, Nancy Zhou, Stella Chen and the Ébène Quartet. Radu has served 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 at the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Radu completed his Master of Music 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.

  Meet Radu

Join

Enrich your experience of the arts by joining Friends of Artis—Naples and/or Leadership Circle. You’ll enjoy private previews of new exhibitions, invitations to exclusive social events, discounts and more.

More Info

Give

Artis—Naples is Southwest Florida’s leading cultural resource thanks to the generous financial support of loyal donors. Help us continue providing art and educational opportunities to all ages.

More Info

Community

Whether you’re enjoying our entire campus for free during Community Days, making new friends in a Lifelong Learning class or attending an off-campus music performance, we hope to see you soon.

More Info