Great Russian Nutcracker
The Holiday Favorite Returns
An annual Artis—Naples holiday tradition
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Tchaikovsky — The Nutcracker
Like a Broadway spectacular, this holiday tradition has it all — glorious sets and costumes, magical special effects, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music and exceptional dancing by international stars. Join Masha and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel with Moscow Ballet’s Dove of Peace to the Land of Peace and Harmony. Enjoy the heroic Nutcracker battling scurrying mice among Christmas toys and the fun of Russian dolls. Plus, delight in traditions from around the world in this perfect holiday treat for the entire family.
In 1993, Moscow Ballet toured the Great Russian Nutcracker to Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Syracuse, New York; Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; New Haven, Connecticut; Reading, Pennsylvania; and Charleston, West Virginia for the first time to critical acclaim.
Directed and choreographed by Stanislav Vlasov, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet and well known as a “Grand Dance Artist,” the inaugural six-week tour starred principal ballerina Lillia Sabitova. It also featured the innovative rolling backgrounds first created by a Saint Petersburg Conservatory of Music producer, which were the inspiration for Eisenstein’s cinematic technique. Since then, the annual tour has increased to include about 100 performances on the tour to cities from San Juan to Calgary, from New York to California, traveling with two simultaneously touring companies of 40 dancers each.
Radu Paponiu is the Associate Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic, having previously served for two years as Assistant Conductor, and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. During the 2018-19 season, he conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly 20 different classical, education and pops programs.
Radu recently completed his Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Hugh Wolff. While in Boston, he was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. For two consecutive summers, Radu furthered his studies in conducting at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado, where he worked with Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu has completed both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Robert Lipsett.
Radu has appeared as guest conductor for concerts with the Naples Philharmonic, the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra and participated in a conducting workshop with the New World Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. He has served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York, and he has also served as cover conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.