Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
Jiří Rožeň, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Martinů — Overture
Tchaikovsky — Variations on a Rococo Theme
Rimsky-Korsakov — Scheherazade
Tchaikovsky once told a cellist friend that the word “Rococo” was a “carefree feeling of well-being.” Award-winning cellist Alban Gerhardt returns to Hayes Hall to perform Tchaikovsky’s sprightful Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Naples Philharmonic. Czech conductor Jiří Rožeň makes his Naples Philharmonic debut leading the orchestra on the program, which also features Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, an orchestral narrative that tells the musical story of the Arabian classic tale One Thousand and One Nights. The rich and brilliantly styled work was described by Rimsky-Korsakov as “a kaleidoscope of fairy-tale images and designs of Oriental character” as it tells the story of a clever sultana who saves her own life from her vicious husband by telling him a story every night for 1,001 nights.
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.