Radu Paponiu, conductor
Marissa McGowan, vocalist
Programming to be announced
Join Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu, special guest vocalist Marissa McGowan and the Naples Philharmonic as they perform some of your favorite American music. Show your patriotism and join us for our annual Patriotic Pops tradition — a rousing star-spangled salute to our troops and the grand music of America.
To ensure the health and safety of our patrons, Artis—Naples has established procedures for your visit to the Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus. All patrons will be required to wear a face mask and have their temperature taken when they arrive at Artis—Naples. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols for detailed guidance about our enhanced safety protocols.
As a thank you for their service, a select number of complimentary tickets for first responders are being held for this performance. For more information or to request these complimentary tickets please contact patron services at 239-597-1900.
The May 27 Naples Philharmonic Patriotic Pops performance is generously sponsored by Don Sveen.
Founded in 1982, the Naples Philharmonic 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
Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Meet Andrey
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Radu Paponiu is the associate conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Since 2017, he has conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly 40 different classical, education and pops programs. As a guest conductor, Radu has appeared with the Transylvania State Philharmonic in Romania, Southwest Florida Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. He has served as cover conductor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and he has assisted conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Iván Fischer, Stéphane Denève, Hans Graf, Donald Runnicles, Cristian Măcelaru, Bernard Labadie and Leonidas Kavakos. A former faculty member of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, Radu continues his collaboration this season as conductor for the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai, China.
Radu 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. In the summer of 2017, Radu was appointed assistant conductor for the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado as well as conducting fellow for the Cabrillo Festival Workshop in Santa Cruz, California. For two consecutive summers, he participated in the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School as the recipient of both the Albert Tipton Aspen Fellowship and the David A. Karetsky Memorial Fellowship. In Aspen, Radu furthered his studies under the guidance of Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Leonard Slatkin, Hugh Wolff, 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.
Marissa recently appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway Revival of Kiss Me Kate at Studio 54, playing the Wardrobe Mistress and understudying Lilli Vanessi, played by the incomparable Kelli O’Hara. Marissa had the honor to be chosen by Mr. Marvin Hamlisch to star as Stella Purdy in the world premiere of Marvin's last musical The Nutty Professor (directed by the legendary Jerry Lewis), for which she won the "best leading actress" award in Nashville for her performance. Marissa has appeared on Broadway in the A Little Night Music revival alongside Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury (Original Cast Recording), Bonnie and Clyde (Original Cast Recording) and Les Misérables (Revival and National Tour) where she performed both the roles of Eponine and Cosette, as well as Robber Bridegroom at The Roundabout Theatre Company. Favorite regional roles include Chess at the Kennedy Center, Heather in the world premiere of Human Error at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Magnolia in Show Boat at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Maria in The Sound of Music with the Lyric Theatre, Petra in A Little Night Music at American Conservatory Theatre (Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Actress), Guinevere in Camelot and Mary Jane in Big River at the Goodspeed Opera House, Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Geva Theater and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Marian in The Music Man and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Weston Playhouse. Television: Major Crimes (TNT), Odd Mom Out (BRAVO). Numerous recordings and readings of new works all over NYC. Concert work includes Lincoln Center (tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, directed by Mike Nichols) Susan in Sweet Smell of Success in Concert (Hudson Theater NYC), guest soloist with Indianapolis Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Phonecia Festival of the Voice, New Albany Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, Alpine Theatre Project, and the American Cancer Society Marvin Hamlisch tribute at the Hudson Theater in NYC. As a teacher, Marissa has taught master classes all across the country and has a roster of private students in the NYC area. Marissa grew up on Long Island and then attended Syracuse University, where she received a BFA in musical theater.
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