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Artis—Naples Delights in December

Holiday Pops


As we approach the end of the year and embark on the festive season, the enchanting spirit of the holidays comes alive through a stunning array of visual and performing arts offerings that are sure to captivate and inspire Southwest Florida. From the harmonious melodies of the Naples Philharmonic and renowned guest artists to an array of fascinating exhibitions at The Baker Museum, Artis—Naples promises a truly engaging celebration of the arts.

Left: Naples Philharmonic Masterworks | VadimGluzman photo by Marco Borggreve

Middle: Dave Bennett

Right: Installation view of Tamara Kostianovsky: Botanical Revolution. Courtesy Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.

Photo: RoseBudz Productions.


This December, the spotlight belongs to the Naples Philharmonic as they prepare to serve up a symphonic feast that fully embraces the holiday season. Joining forces with Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu, the orchestra is gearing up for its annual Holiday Pops program from December 14-17. The program will feature the melodic talents of special guest Clay Aiken, a former American Idol star whose soaring vocals will undoubtedly usher in the holiday season. Accompanied by the Naples Philharmonic Chorus and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus, this promises to be a musical event not to be missed. And of course, no holiday season would be complete without the enchanting tale of The Nutcracker. From December 20-22, Naples Ballet presents this beloved ballet as the Naples Philharmonic performs Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score. Additionally, other orchestral highlights for December include a Masterworks program that features the illustrious violinist Vadim Gluzman performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on December 1-2 and the awe-inspiring multimedia presentation of America’s Wonders in 3D on December 5 that takes the audience on a mesmerizing audiovisual journey through the grand scenery and cityscapes of America.

Visitors to The Baker Museum this month are also in for a treat, with a chance to explore a range of thought-provoking exhibitions. Tamara Kostianovsky: Botanical Revolution showcases the artistry of LatinX artist Tamara Kostianovsky, who ingeniously repurposes clothing and textiles to create dynamic sculptures mirroring the forms of birds, tree stumps, plants, and even cow carcasses. The annual Florida Contemporary exhibition presents a select group of notable visual artists currently active in Florida: Yanira Collado, Mernet Larsen, and Pepe Mar. The recently unveiled exhibitions The Art of Food: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation and The Face of Immokalee spotlight the myriad ways that food, and those who provide it, are deeply interwoven into our communities. As it enters its final month at the museum, be sure to visit Frank Stewart’s Nexus: An American Photographer’s Journey, 1960s to the Present, which offers a window into the photography of Frank Stewart, a long-serving senior staff photographer for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Naples Philharmonic Masterworks


Artis—Naples also brings a lineup of guest appearances that promise to be the cherry on top of this holiday season. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Bennett presents a show of wide-ranging influences on December 7-8. Superstar soprano Sarah Brightman A Christmas Symphony on December 10, a grand holiday performance that harmoniously blends a variety of favorite Christmas tunes. And closing out the new year in style, the new Broadway revival of Funny Girl kicks off the Broadway series December 26-31.

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