An Overture to Alexander: A Toast to the Future Naples Philharmonic Special Performance
Alexander Shelley, artistic and music director designate
Bernstein — Overture to Candide
Tower — Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Price — Andante moderato
Wagner — Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Anna Clyne — Restless Oceans
J. Strauss, Jr. — Overture to Die Fledermaus
Bartók — Romanian Folk Dances
Arturo Márquez — Danzon No. 2
Gershwin — Girl Crazy Overture
Join the Naples Philharmonic and Alexander Shelley in his first concert since being named artistic and music director designate. This special night will be a true “overture” to Alexander’s new role and will feature beloved classical favorites and lesser-known gems including Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus and Joan Tower’s Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.
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 “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.