If you are a musical theatre fan you remember – March came in like a Lion – part of the lyrics from one of the famous songs in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.
Hopefully, this will not be how we greet March in Naples – and this month is one of our busiest in our beloved Southwest Florida.
Concerts, art center openings, multiple venues filled with music, visual arts, orchestras, choruses – whatever is your pleasure you will be able to find it in Naples in March. But in this column I would like to highlight some unique opportunities for you during this month.
If you are a choral music fan – it really does not get any better than Florida’s own Seraphic Fire – this Miami based ensemble is in their fourteenth season and this year we are fortunate to have them in Naples for three concerts. I hope you did not miss the January concert which featured the American Spiritual – but just in case you did you really don’t want to miss the March 10th concert. This concert will feature A Single Rose: Modernism in America . The featured piece will be Morten Lauridsen’s Chansons de Roses – and the guest conductor is Julian Wachner. Lauridsen is an American composer and was awarded the medal of Arts in 2007. The vocal blendings of this group showcase the human voice in a way that you may have not had the
pleasure of hearing before. This concert will be held at Moorings Presbyterian Church and tickets are available on Seraphic Fire’s website.
An organization celebrating its 21st season in Naples is the Classic Chamber Concerts, whose concerts are held at the Sugden Theatre downtown Naples. In March there is definitely some unique opportunities with this concert series – March 7 will feature Three Lyric Coloraturas – 18th Century Divas. This will be the first time that Classic Chamber Concerts has presented Chamber Opera Arias. The concert will feature three sopranos – Vasiliasa Berzhanskays, Valerie Bernhardt and Julia Lima performing works by Salieri, Gluck, Handel and Mozart.
If you prefer Beethoven to 18th century chamber opera arias – then you will want to be at the concert on March 14 at the Sugden – this will feature Beethoven’s Symphony #2 in D major, Opus 36; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #2 – b flat major Opus 19.
The Piano Concerto will feature pianist Nikolai Medvedev, who opened the 20th season for Classic Chamber Concerts.
The final March concert for Classic Chamber Concerts will feature two string quartets – Aizuri and Amernet. The first work will be Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 59 and then the second half of the program will have a rare performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet in
E-flat Major. The Mendelssohn will be performed by the combined quartets. This work was written when Mendelssohn was only 16 years old.
But sometimes we just need a little jazz – and the Naples Jazz Orchestra is happy to provide that opportunity for all of us. This year they are in a new location – the auditorium at Golden Gate High School – just off of highway 75. March 6 you can enjoy a Tribute to Glenn Miller and March 20 – the Essential Buddy Rich.
Celebrate the beauty of Naples in March and find some interesting musical adventures – possibly ones you have not experienced before – but I guarantee you ones you will enjoy. Classical vocals with Seraphic Fire and Chamber Opera Arias – one the unique blending of multiple voices and the other the exquisite sounds of a single voice.
I look forward to seeing you at these wonderful concerts in our art-filled community – enjoy the arts; support the arts and tell your friends and neighbors what you have discovered.