Young Person’s Concert
with Musicians of the Naples Philharmonic
A performance for elementary school students
Once Upon a Symphony
Composed by Jim Stephenson
Musicians of the Naples Philharmonic
Alvin Ho, conductor
Rachael Lord, narrator
Jim Stephenson’s Once Upon a Symphony is a 50-minute showcase for chamber orchestra, designed to introduce young audiences to the wonders of the orchestra. It engages them in the compositional process, resulting in a unique world premiere created during each and every performance. An interactive, educational and entertaining show designed to introduce children of all ages to the instruments of the orchestra. Supremely crafted and well-paced, Once Upon A Symphony delights the students with bottle-music, hoseaphones, snake-charming oboes, powerful trumpets and more — always educating, always entertaining — so that the students are learning, loving and laughing about classical music throughout.
Homeschoolers and families are welcome at the 9:45am performance. For school groups, there are both 9:45am and 11:45am performance times. Please visit the School Programs page for ticketing information on both performance times.
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
Described as “a thoughtful musician, extremely well prepared and meticulous in his approach” by the late Bernard Haitink, Alvin Ho, a native of Hong Kong, recently completed his two season tenure as assistant conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and was the first prize winner of the 2022 Princess Astrid International Conducting Competition in Trondheim, Norway. Previously, he served as assistant conductor at the Indiana Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2017 to 2020. He has worked internationally with orchestras throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Strings, Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. Ho studied primarily with Arthur Fagen, Riccardo Muti and Bernard Haitink and has also worked with Garry Walker, Nicolás Pasquet, Neeme Järvi and Thomas Wilkins. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
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