Artis—Naples honors Andrey Boreyko, African-American and female composers, movies

Andrey Boreyko, Artis-Naples music director

Artis—Naples announced an orchestral season Friday, Aug. 6, with a stated theme of “Esprit de corps.” But there’s also a sense of tribute flowing through its strongly grouped music season.

It will wave goodbye to music director Andrey Boreyko with three salutes:

  • A special performances of Mahler’s concert-length “Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”) April 9.
  • A Visiting Orchestra Series appearance in one of his other posts, as music director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, April 3.
  • A season infused with works that speak to his Polish-Russian heritage

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There are other tributes, too:

African-American and female composers are coming to the fore, with eight of them in Masterworks, Wang and Sypert classical music series. One appears twice: the dynamic contemporary American composer Gabriela Lena Frank, whose heritage includes a father of Lithuanian Jewish background and a  Peruvian mother of Chinese descent. Her “Quijotadas” is in the Wang Chamber Music Series Oct. 10 and her Elegia Andina is in the Masterworks Series Nov. 18 and Nov. 19.

Gabriela Lena  Frank with a fellow participant in one of her Creative Academy of Music workshops.

Beethoven returns, figuratively, for a slice of cake at his 250th birthday party, which was cut short by Covid-19. Unfortunately, it does not include the Symphony No. 9 that had been planned here for 2020.

That undertaking will wait until a new choral director is in charge, according to Artis—Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen. James Cochran, founding choral director, retired in 2020.

But there will be Beethoven:

  • His No. 6, the “Pastoral,” (Jan. 6-8) Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor” (Feb. 17 and 19), with guest star Jonathan Biss, are in the Masterworks Series
  • The ever-popular Symphony No. 7 goes on philharmonic field trips to First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs on Feb. 3 and United Church of Marco Island Feb. 4 .
  • Beethoven’s chamber music — a quartet, septet and wind octet —appear in three of the Sypert Salon Series concerts.

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