Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Soldiers’ Chorus Vocal Quartet from
The U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, D.C.
A Naples Philharmonic annual tradition
Radu Paponiu, conductor
James Cochran, director of choruses
Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Robert Sorrentino, guest conductor (Thursday)
Joyce Hagen, guest conductor (Friday)
Robert Wendel — Fanfare for Freedom
Gershwin — "'S Wonderful" from Funny Face
Gershwin — "Someone to Watch Over Me" from Oh, Kay!
Foster — A Stephen Foster Overture
Copland — "Simple Gifts" from Old American Songs
Gershwin — By Strauss
Manilow, Sussman and Feldman — Let Freedom Ring
Weiss and Thiele — What A Wonderful World
Ward — America the Beautiful
McCoy — Sons of Uncle Sam: March Militaire
Martin and Blane — “The Trolley Song” from Meet Me in St. Louis
Lerner and Loewe — “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady
Raye and Jacobs — This Is My Country
Sousa — Semper Fidelis March
Berlin — Blue Skies
Meacham — American Patrol
Williams and Martin — Who Are the Brave?
Cannon and Keith — American Soldier
Various/Bagley — Armed Forces Salute/National Emblem March
Steffe — Battle Hymn of the Republic
Join the Naples Philharmonic and the Naples Philharmonic Chorus for their annual star-spangled Pops concert celebrating the music of America.
Thursday's performance of Patriotic Pops is generously sponsored by Don Sveen. Friday's performance is generously sponsored by the Celebrity Martini Glass Auction.
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.
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.