Between the two concerts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three-day residency at Artis—Naples, as part of its Florida Tour 2020, musicians presented master classes and music education sessions at local schools and at the performing arts complex.

In addition, Frank Villella, director of the CSO’s Rosenthal Archives, offered a presentation on Feb. 13 about Theodore Thomas, the orchestra’s founder and first music director, and Thomas’ lifelong devotion to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Over his career, Thomas conducted more than 10,000 concerts, many of which featured Beethoven’s works, and embarked a mission to study and interpret the composer’s legacy. Villella’s lecture was one of the many educational activities involving the CSO while in Naples. The tour engagement marks the second season of a three-year residency at Artis—Naples.

The CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute also organized educational sessions for student musicians in the Naples area. CSO flute Jennifer Gunn, horn Oto Carrillo, Assistant Principal Timpani Vadim Karpinos, violins Mihaela Ionescu and Russell Hershow, viola Sunghee Choi and bass Robert Kassinger visited Immokalee Middle and High Schools for a chamber music concert and master classes on Feb. 14. Assistant Principal Clarinet John Bruce Yeh, Assistant Concertmaster David Taylor and cello Richard Hirschl also led master classes on Artis—Naples campus on Feb. 14-15. Participating in the sessions were musicians from the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

For more coverage, go to the tour page on cso.org, Sounds and Stories’ CSO on Tour category, the CSO’s Facebook page and other social media outlets, including Twitter and Instagram.

TOP: CSO horn Oto Carrillo works with student brass musicians. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2020

Chamber music and master classes in Naples

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CSO violin Mihaela Ionescu works with members of the Immokalee violin section.

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As part of the CSO’s residency at Artis—Naples, Frank Villella, director of the CSO’s Rosenthal Archives, leads a presentation on the history of CSO founder Theodore Thomas and his ties to Beethoven. He’s holding a life mask of the composer, one of the most important holdings in the CSO’s archives.

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Frank Villella answers questions after his presentation on Theodore Thomas and Beethoven at Artis—Naples.

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A CSO chamber group led by violin Mihaela Ionescu performs at Immokalee High Schooe School, as part of educational activities presented by the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute during the orchestra’s Naples residency.

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Students applaud during a CSO chamber music recital at Immokalee High School.

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Vadim Karpinos, the CSO’s assistant principal timpani, switches to the triangle during the chamber music recital.

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Joining Karpinos and Ionescu are CSO musicians Russell Hershow (violin), Oto Carrillo (horn), Robert Kassinger (bass) and Sunghee Choi (viola). 

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During an educational session, horn Oto Carrillo works with student brass musicians.

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CSO horn Oto Carrillo emphasizes a point to the Immokalee brass students.

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A red rose, in honor of Valentine’s Day, adorns a music stand. 

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CSO bass Robert Kassinger instructs student musicians in the bass and cello sections.

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CSO viola Sunghee Choi smiles as she works with the student viola section.

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