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New Year, New Artistic Offerings at Artis—Naples


Kelli O'Hara. Photo by Laura Marie Duncan

 

The beginning of a new year is always a time of joy and excitement at Artis—Naples. While the 2022-23 season is already in full swing, January brings an incredible array of breathtaking visual art exhibitions at The Baker Museum, thrilling performances by the Naples Philharmonic, and a wide range of guest artists and fascinating lectures.


“As we bid farewell to 2022 and welcome a new year, Artis—Naples invites the entire community to experience the power of the arts,” says Artis—Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen. “Whether you are a seasoned cultural attendee or increased community exploration is a part of your New Year’s resolution, the variety we offer has something for everyone.”



Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011). Stella Polaris, 1990. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 108 in. Collection of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, New York. © 2022 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


 

The Baker Museum hosts a feast for the eyes and mind. Popular landmark exhibition Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990-2003 will remain on view through February 5, and Naples Collects 2022-23, previously scheduled to open in December, will now open on March 4 and remain in the galleries through October 15—sharing the most inspiring and engaging art from local private collections. This month sees the close of Ran Hwang: Becoming Again on January 8, and it is also the last full month to see the haunting yet important collection of Holocaust drawings, Envisioning Evil: “The Nazi Drawings” by Mauricio Lasansky, on view through February 19.


The Naples Philharmonic and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly commemorate the start of a new year with Broadway Blockbusters, highlighting some of the most popular and beloved music ever to come from the Big Apple, January 3-7. Other Naples Philharmonic highlights this January include Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu’s debut on the Masterworks series for a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with esteemed pianist Emanuel Ax January 12-14, the return of guest conductor Alexander Shelley for a performance of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony January 26-27 and a series of Pops performances with award-winning Broadway, film, and television star Kelli O’Hara January 31-February 4.


January also includes a visit from one of the world’s greatest orchestras as The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst return for an afternoon performance in Hayes Hall as part of the Visiting Orchestras series on January 29. Opening with Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Violin Concerto performed by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, the program also includes Austrian composer Bernd Richard Deutsch’s Intensity, a bold and expressive work dedicated to Welser-Möst as well as Respighi’s Roman Festivals.



Marcus M. Martin (Genie) and Company. Aladdin Tour. Photo Deen van Meer. (c) Disney

 

And of course, there is Broadway. Marking the first-ever Disney production to appear at Artis—Naples, Disney’s Aladdin combines beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle into one extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.


Tickets and additional details can be found at artisnaples.org.

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