As we sip our beverage of choice on our lanai and enjoy the beautiful breezes and fantastic Florida sunsets – it is hard to believe that many
parts of our great country are in temperatures that do not allow for relaxed outdoor activities. But we are the lucky ones – we have a community that not only has gorgeous weather – but is so rich in the arts offerings that many days we cannot choose what we should do first.
By now, if you have been reading my column, you may have guessed that my personal taste goes to the classic offerings; however, I do enjoy veering from my comfort zone every now and then. So in January we can veer over to Big Bands, Jazz, Blue Grassall in our community. So let’s start exploring – begin on January 4 at 7 p.m.at the Norris Center and the Clay Hess Band – Hess has earned a reputation as one of the top flat-pickers in the Blue Grass business. Then move yourself on January 5 to Cambier Park in downtown Naples at 2 p.m. and enjoy the music of the Music Makers bringing back the music of the Big Bands. A sixty-five year history comes alive with the Naples Jazz Band on January 6 at 7 p.m. in Cambier Park. The Jazz Band will be joined by the Four Freshman – whose first single was released in 1952 – “It’s a Blue
World” – and that began their exciting adventures.
With these offerings, I would suggest we have gotten your New Year off to an eclectic beginning – and it only gets better. January 12 – Brass Miami – 4 p.m. at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church – this program will feature some new gems and music of Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and Paraguay. There is just something compelling about a brass group that I daresay not many can resist – it just conjures up the images of 76 Trombones, marching bands and the
quiet sound of the single trumpet.
On January 16 – you can completely turn around and join Classic South Florida at our fist ever Gala – celebrating the music of the “waltzing” Strauss –
transporting everyone back to the Vienna of old – 6 pm. at Quail West Country Club.
We have explored a wide spectrum of the musical world of the arts in just the first half of the month – but I would also suggest that you can sprinkle in some wonderful visual arts experiences. If you have not found them – explore the world of UP Art and Design Gallery – this gallery offers an intimate setting in the heart of Naples.
The week of January 20 – finds three opportunities to hear chamber music ensembles that offer a wide variety of programming. January 20 – the Jasper String Quartet will be in concert at the Sugden Theatre at 8 pm as a part of Classic Chamber Concerts series – this group was formed in 2006 at Oberlin Conservatory and garners praise and awards wherever they perform. Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity will occur on January 26 at the Violin Shop in Naples when the Da Vinci Trio – a Chamber group from Scotland will perform at 3 p.m. If you have not heard them – I suggest you “google” them
and then make plans to hear them live on the 26th. Finish that week with Classic Chamber Concerts on the 27th presenting Vibrant Vivaldi, Handel and Bach at 8 p.m. at the Sugden Theatre.
End your month with a quiet walk through the members gallery at the Naples Art Association as they open another exhibit for your viewing pleasure.
Personally, I hope to see many of you at these wonderful events in our community and hope that you enjoy being transported to them while you enjoy your concert hall with no walls – 88.7FM – where you can turn the beautiful music up as loud as you want and not hear complaints from anyone. Enjoy your January in Naples – and see you at the concert, art exhibit or event.