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