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Death and Transfiguration

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks

Hayes Hall

Image of Blake Pouliot in a promotional portrait
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Image of Alexander Shelley conductor of 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 members of the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance of classical music
Image of Alexander Shelley conductor of the Naples Philharmonic on stage during a performance
Jan 25, 8:00pm – Jan 26, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
 
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Death and Transfiguration
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks


Naples Philharmonic
Alexander Shelley, artistic and music director designate
Blake Pouliot, violin

Strauss — Don Juan
Korngold — Violin Concerto
Sofia Gubaidulina — Fairytale Poem
Strauss — Death and Transfiguration

Conducting his first Naples Philharmonic Masterworks performance since his appointment, Sharon and Timothy Ubben Artistic and Music Director Designate Alexander Shelley returns to Naples to conduct an emotionally intense program beginning and ending with some of Richard Strauss’ finest works. The program opens with Don Juan, a tone poem telling the musical tale of the legendary libertine. Korngold’s Violin Concerto follows, featuring the return of young violin virtuoso Blake Pouliot, whose energy and talent perfectly complement the work’s soaring melodies. After performing Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem with its haunting sonic landscape, Alexander and the orchestra conclude the performance with another of Strauss’ melodic tone poems, Death and Transfiguration, exploring the themes of life, death and the afterlife.

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 Artistic and Music Director position is generously endowed by Sharon and Timothy Ubben.

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


Alexander Shelley

Artistic and Music Director Designate   Meet Alexander

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

Alexander Shelley

Alexander Shelley


A “natural communicator, both on and off the podium” (The Daily Telegraph), Alexander Shelley performs across six continents with the world’s finest orchestras and soloists. A passionate and articulate advocate for the role of music in society, he has spearheaded multiple award-winning and groundbreaking projects unlocking creativity in the next generation and bringing symphonic music to new audiences.

With a conducting technique described as “immaculate, everything crystal clear and a tool to his inborn musicality” (Yorkshire Post), Alexander is known for the precision and integrity of his interpretations, for his creative programming and for the breadth of his repertoire. He collaborates with artists such as Lang-Lang, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope, Hélène Grimaud, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson alongside some of the finest orchestras of Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia.

As of January 2015, Alexander has served as principal associate conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he curates an annual series of concerts at Cadogan Hall and tours both nationally and internationally. In September 2015, Alexander succeeded Pinchas Zukerman as music director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, the youngest in its history.

In 2016, Alexander was awarded the ECHO prize for his second Deutsche Grammophon recording, Peter and the Wolf, and both the ECHO and Deutsche Grunderpreis in his capacity as artistic director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Zukunftslabor, a visionary project of grass-roots engagement, which uses music as a source for social cohesion and integration.

He has a wealth of experience conducting and presenting major open-air events; in Nuremberg alone, he has, over the course of nine years, hosted more than half a million people at the annual Klassik Open Air concerts — Europe’s largest classical music event.

  Meet Alexander

Blake Pouliot

Blake Pouliot


Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Manulife Competition, Blake Pouliot’s 2023-24 symphonic highlights include Shostakovich No. 1, Bruch No. 1, Tchaikovsky, Korngold and Sibelius concerti across the U.S. and Canada with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Roderick Cox, Artis—Naples and NAC Ottawa with Alexander Shelley, Quebec City Symphony and Clemens Schuldt, among others.

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Pouliot has performed with the orchestras of Aspen, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Madison, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco and Seattle, among many others. Internationally, he has performed as soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, Orchestras of the Americas on its South American tour and was the featured soloist for the first ever joint tour of the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Raised in Toronto, Canada, Pouliot studied with Marie Berard and Erika Raum as a graduate of the RCM Taylor Academy and was then admitted into the studio of the renowned pedagogue Robert Lipsett, with whom he studied at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Pouliot performs on the 1729 Guarneri del Gesù on generous loan from an anonymous donor.

Program Book

Program Book


View this month's program book to get general information about Artis—Naples and to read articles about this month’s activities. View the program insert* for specific information about this event.

  Program Book
  Program Insert

* Program inserts will be available online approximately ten days prior to the event.

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