Rhapsody in Blue
Naples Philharmonic Masterworks
David Robertson, conductor
Orli Shaham, piano
Schoenberg — Chamber Symphony No. 1
Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Jazz Band
Schoenberg — Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue for Piano and Orchestra
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, the Naples Philharmonic presents a program of two versions of the masterpiece: first in its original form for piano and jazz band — a quintessential example of the American jazz age with its syncopated rhythms, bluesy harmonies and virtuosic piano solos — and then in the more well-known version for full symphony orchestra that brings out new colors and nuances in the music. Esteemed guest conductor David Robertson makes his Naples Philharmonic debut with acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham as soloist in this unique exploration of Gershwin’s beloved masterwork. The program also includes two works by Arnold Schoenberg, a friend and colleague of Gershwin — Chamber Symphony No. 1 as well as Five Pieces for Orchestra.
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 season-long celebration of George Gershwin is generously supported by the Collier County Tourist Development Council.
Tickets start at $29
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
Artistic and Music Director Designate Meet Alexander
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Artistic Partner Meet James
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Assistant Conductor Meet Alvin
A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and brilliance, the pianist Orli Shaham is hailed by critics on four continents. The New York Times called her a “brilliant pianist,” The Chicago Tribune referred to her as “a first-rate Mozartean” and London’s The Guardian said Shahams playing at the Proms was “perfection."
Orli Shaham has performed with many of the major orchestras around the world, and has appeared in recital internationally, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. She has been artistic director of Pacific Symphony’s chamber series Café Ludwig in California since 2007 and artistic director of the interactive children’s concert series Orli Shaham’s Bach Yard, which she founded in 2010.
Highlights of Shaham’s 2023-24 concert season include performances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; two chamber performances with musicians from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra USA, where she is artist-in-residence; and a German tour with Brandenburg State Orchestra. Shaham released the final two volumes of the complete piano sonatas by Mozart. Volumes 1-4 of the sonata cycle, and a recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos, received high critical acclaim. She taught a master class on the digital platform Tonebase centered around the Mozart sonatas and a live online discussion and demonstration about Clara Schumann.
David Robertson — conductor, composer, artist, thinker and American musical visionary — occupies some of the most prominent platforms on the international music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orchestral music and new music, Robertson is celebrated worldwide as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer and a masterful communicator whose passionate advocacy for the art form is widely recognized. A consummate and deeply collaborative musician, Robertson is hailed for his intensely committed music making.
To begin the 2023-24 season and continuing a deep and longstanding relationship, David Robertson returned to his home orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, to conduct works by Ligeti, including the U.S. premiere of Mifiso la sodo, Brahms, and the New York premiere of Elena Firsova’s Piano Concerto with his longtime collaborator Yefim Bronfman. The 2023-24 season will also include a visit to Florida’s Naples Philharmonic at Artis—Naples to conduct works by Schoenberg and Gershwin with Orli Shaham.
Robertson completed his transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2018, where he solidified the orchestra’s status as one of the nation’s most enduring and innovative, and reinvigorated its American and European presence through regular touring programs. For the SLSO, he created dynamic relationships with a wide spectrum of artists, and garnered a 2014 Grammy Award, Best Orchestral Performance, for the Nonesuch release of John Adams’ City Noir. He appears regularly in Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk and the Staatskapelle Dresden, among others.
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