December 19, 2014

Culture Watch

Music Treats and Laughs

It’s October, and season isn’t in full swing yet, but there are some definite gems on the calendar to appreciate—many of them a little bit different from the typical fare.

The offerings at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples exemplify the non-standards available this month. With the official Opening Night Gala still waiting in the wings, October is primarily given over to the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra for a handful of programs.

The concerts range from chamber to family fare to pops. But the one that caught my eye is the celebration of Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday. The all-Mendelssohn program includes the Overture and Wedding March from
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
, the Fourth Symphony and the
composer’s dramatic oratorio Elijah. The last blends the voices of the Philharmonic Center Chorale and the Florida Gulf Coast University Choir.

Non-homegrown talent takes the stage in Hayes Hall for only two nights—but both nights look to be hot, hot, hot! Dos Noches Tropicales (Two Tropical Nights) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with separate concerts by Venezuelan sonero Oscar D’León and Cuban salsa star Willy Chirino.

For the Grammy-winning Chirino, this is a return engagement. His Evening of Salsa last year had the hall jumping. The internationally renowned D’León promises an equally resonant evening of Caribbean rhythms.

The Phil deserves applause for presenting these out-of-the-ordinary treats. But if you’re really up for something new, head up to the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. Theatre Conspiracy, which has returned to the Alliance’s Foulds Theatre, presents the winner of its 2009 New Play Contest this month.

Time and Ina Meyerhoff is a romantic comedy by Alan Brody that centers on the titular Ina, a high-powered art dealer of 65. When she is wooed by a younger man, she’s forced to confront her own fears and biases—while dealing with a son the same age as her new lover.

The Phil hosts Oscar D’León on Oct. 2 and Willy Chirino on Oct. 3. Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday is celebrated on Oct. 11. For information, call (800) 597-1900 or visit www.thephil.org. Theatre Conspiracy presents

Time and Ina Meyerhoff from Oct. 9–24. For information, call (239) 936-3239.

 

• The Naples Players perform Lend Me a Tenor, a comic, operatic farce, from Oct. 14 through Nov. 7, at the Sugden Community Theatre. The group also holds auditions for Almost, Maine, the January production, on Oct. 24. Information: (239) 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.

• The Art League of Bonita Springs debuts its new performance space at The Promenade with an evening of harp music on Oct. 4. On Saturday afternoons throughout the month, the league presents shows for children: The Reluctant Dragon; Cinderella! Cinderella!; and Little Monster Tales. Information: (239) 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

• The Naples Art Association and The von Liebig Art Center offer a free public lecture by Daniel Stetson, chief curator and art executive director of the Polk Museum, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 23. Daniels is serving as juror for the center’s 48th Founders Juried Awards Exhibition, which opens on Oct. 31. Information: (239) 262-6517 or www.naplesart.org.

 

 

 

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre presents the musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels from Oct. 1 through Nov. 14. Information: (239) 278-4422 or www.broadwaypalm.com.

The Naples Players perform Lend Me a Tenor, a comic, operatic farce, from Oct. 14 through Nov. 7, at the Sugden Community Theatre. The group also holds auditions for Almost, Maine, the January production, on Oct. 24. Information: (239) 263-7990 or www.naplesplayers.org.