Indoor and Outdoor Ticketing Options
Patrons can choose socially distanced seating in Hayes Hall, or can reserve a table for four (4) for the Friday and Saturday evening performance simulcasts in Norris Garden. Tickets for the Norris Garden simulcast are offered as a Table of Four package.
Sinatra & Beyond
with special guest Tony DeSare
Radu Paponiu, conductor
Tony DeSare, vocalist and piano
Selections to be announced from the stage
Called “two parts Frank Sinatra and one part Billy Joel,” the triple-threat singer/pianist/songwriter Tony DeSare takes on the legend of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself in a program with the socially distanced Naples Philharmonic. DeSare delivers his fresh take on a variety of songs including Come Fly With Me, Night and Day and My Way.
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This Naples Philharmonic Pops performance is generously supported by Mike and Anne Armstrong.
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
Sharon and Timothy Ubben Music Director Meet Andrey
Principal Pops Conductor Meet Jack
Associate Conductor Meet Radu
Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.
DeSare has also collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox.
DeSare is an accomplished award-winning composer. He not only won first place in the USA Songwriting Contest, but has written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, several broadcast commercials and has recently composed the full soundtracks for the Hallmark Channel's Love Always, Santa and Lifetime's Nanny Nightmare.
DeSare’s forthcoming appearances include the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Smith Center in Las Vegas.
Tony DeSare is a Yamaha Artist.
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.