Phil season both sci-fi, tried/true


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Tried and true triumphs in the 2010-2011 Naples Philharmonic Orchestra series. Look for helpings of violin concertos, favorite faces such as soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and Howard Shelley and a honing of the orchestra’s newest skill: retooling rock music.

This season, songbooks of the Eagles and Pink Floyd respectively come under the baton of guest pops conductor Brent Havens, who developed last year’s Led Zeppelin tribute, on Oct. 23 and Dec. 7 ($59 and $60). The concerts will only be channeling Don Henley and Joe Walsh, but Randy Jackson will be a brick in the wall of sound for Floyd’s edgy lyrics.

For those who like their hair long, two stars — Itzhak Perlman (March 3, $119) and Te Kanawa (March 6, currently being sold as part of a $336 opera package) — are on hand. The several classical series will stick close to home several times, featuring its own section leaders:

■ Concertmaster Glenn Basham on the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and James Cochran on a performance of Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony delayed from last year (both Nov. 18 to 20).

■ Ellen Tomasiewicz, horn, on Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings on Dec. 2 and 3.

■ James Cochran as soloist on the performance of Saint-Saens “Organ” Symphony” delayed from last season (also Nov. 18 to 20).

Guest artists this year include actor James Earl Jones, who helps open the season by performing at a gala Nov. 6 ($129), reciting “Lincoln Portrait with the orchestra’s collaboration on the Aaron Copland music. Just for fun, he’ll follow it up with “Casey at the Bat.”

Paul Anka, ‘50s household word for tunes like “Diana” and “Puppy Love”’ headlines a new approach to New Year’s Eve at the Phil: two shows that evening, one at 5 p.m. with hors ‘oeuvres and the other at 9:30 p.m. with desserts, starring Anka with members of the orchestra.

Classical series stars with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra include:

■ Korean artist Hahn-Bin, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 Jan. 6 to 8.

■ Howard Shelley performing Rachmaninoff’s famous third piano concerto Feb. 2 to 5.

■ Venerable pianist Leon Fleisher, performing the Ravel Piano Concerto for the Left Hand March 9 to 12.

■ Narek Hakhnhazaryan performing Dvorak’s delicate cello concerto April 6 to 9.

This year the Philharmonic Center is offering an alternative to the $354/$144 full season subscription to the classical series. A three-concert, $177/$72 ticket is available to the first-night performances of the February through April classical series concerts, which will run Wednesdays through Saturdays next year. Those apparently will replace Sunday matinees.

Executive Director Myra Janco Daniels told the audience at her community report in March that she would bring in the Sarasota Opera to replace the touring company, Teatro Lirico d’Europa. This year, however, there will only be two operas: “La Cenerentola” on Nov. 14 and “La Boheme” March 25. They’re packaged with the Te Kanawa package for a price of $336. It’s a higher ticket than the $288 package for four opera productions last year, but Daniels has extolled the neighbor company as a higher level performance.

The pops series is purporting to be out of this world with its Jan. 18 to 23 opener. “Sci-Fi Spectacular,” narrated by “Star Trek” alumnus George Takei, will feature all sorts of extraterrestrial entertainment: “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of a Third Kind,” “2001: A Space Oddysey,” and memorable TV themes as well as “Star Trek Through the Years.”

The center’s sold-out Sypert Salon Series returns, as does a shorter program of three regular chamber orchestra concerts. Two themed-music concerts will bring back Robert Theis to play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with a raft of romantic favorites from the orchestra May 6 and 7 ($40) next year. It’s one of two post-season concerts, the other offering Henry Mancini works ($50, April 26).

Only series subscriptions are currently available. For the full schedule, call 597-1900 or visit:

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