An Artis—Naples Holiday Debut with the Naples Ballet
An annual holiday tradition
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Tchaikovsky — The Nutcracker
Dancers from the Naples Ballet and professional soloists from around the world bring Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale to life in this enchanting performance. Follow Marie and her beloved nutcracker on their enchanting journey from a battlefield of voracious mice and valiant gingerbread men, across a moonlit winter landscape and into a dazzling land of sweets!
The Naples Ballet is a nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with the Naples Academy of Ballet. The company is dedicated to setting new standards for artistic excellence and promoting cultural enrichment by creating awareness of the art of dance within the Naples community.
The mission of Naples Ballet is to provide dancers of all ages with performance opportunities that meet expert standards of artistic development, instill professional values and qualities through art education and to offer free professional dance instruction through scholarship funding while serving as a training ground for local dancers possibly seeking professional careers in dance or related fields.
They showcase two major ballet productions each year. During the last eight seasons, they have shared their productions of Coppelia, Aurora’s Wedding, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker with fellow arts enthusiasts throughout Southwest Florida. Dancers age 5 and up who study at the Naples Academy of Ballet as well as area ballet studios are invited to audition each Fall and Spring for an opportunity to perform on stage.
Radu Paponiu is the assistant conductor to Andrey Boreyko and the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. A native of Romania, 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, Radu was also conductor apprentice with the Handel and Haydn Society, assisting Harry Christophers and Richard Egarr. Radu also served on the conducting faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Division in New York.
Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Patrick Summers and Federico Cortese. Additionally, Radu served as assistant conductor for the Aspen Opera Theater Center’s full production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Radu began his musical studies on the violin at age seven, moving on to study privately with Carmen Runceanu and Stefan Gheorghiu. After coming to the US at the invitation of the Perlman Music Program, Radu was accepted to the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma degree in violin performance. Radu was appointed assistant conductor of the American Youth Symphony in spring 2011.